Olympic Council of Malaysia president Tan Sri Norza Zakaria is confident Abdul Rashid Yaakub is the perfect man to lead the National Sports Council. Two national sports associations feel he can carry on the work of his predecessor, Datuk Ahmad Shapawi Ismail.
Key lessons were obtained during the recent Women’s Sports Carnival organised by the National Sports Council. Organising chairman Safrushahar Yusoff insists girls and women athletes in Malaysia simply need more events to raise their standards of play.
The National Sports Council (NSC) hopes its three-day Women’s Sports Carnival, which started this morning, will encourage more women and girls to take part as athletes, coaches, and technical officials. Stakeholders, especially from the corporate sector, are encouraged to be part of such events.
Talks of who will replace Datuk Ahmad Shapawi Ismail when he leaves as National Sports Council (NSC) director-general later this year continue to linger. The candidates should be tested by presenting realistic views on how the council and Malaysia’s elite sports should evolve.
Cabinet finally decides to allocate funds to Podium Programme, months after several athletes were dropped from the elite programme.
Former national diver Leong Mun Yee has expanded her business, Heroes Cafe, after finishing an entrepreneurship course organised by the National Sports Council.
The National Sports Council (NSC) says athletes axed from the elite Podium Programme can get help from its Malaysian Athlete Career And Education (MACE) programme for the next two years.
It was generally a poor outing for the Malaysian contingent with only a silver medal from Datuk Azizulhasni Awang (men’s keirin) and a bronze from national shuttlers Aaron Chia and Soh Wooi Yik (men’s doubles). Should the Olympic Council of Malaysia now spearhead the national contingent’s plan, instead of just being a glorified tour agent?
Coaches must be given priority to accompany athletes to major competitions, especially for something as big as the Olympics.
Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican says his ministry will continue to support initiatives to ensure issues related to sexual harassment involving athletes will be addressed. He assures there will be no cover-ups and no room for sexual predators.
National Sports Council director-general Datuk Ahmad Shapawi Ismail says coaches, officials and athletes can choose to stay within the council’s compounds or train elsewhere but those who break camp must follow the due processes when they return to training centres.
National Sports Council director-general Datuk Ahmad Shapawi Ismail, whose tenure has been extended for two years, said the council’s main focus is to strengthen development programmes en route to enlarging the pool of competitive young talents.
National Sports Council director-general Datuk Ahmad Shapawi Ismail says it’s business as usual for elite athletes amidst political uncertainty, adding Covid-19 is a bigger issue to deal with.