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.
Veteran sports administrator Datuk Sieh Kok Chi says national associations should stand on their own and be made responsible for their sports instead of waiting for handouts from the National Sports Council.
Former national hurdler and Olympic Council of Malaysia Athletes’ Commission chairperson Noraseela Khalid says every second matters for athletes representing the nation in major tournaments.
Curbing illegal gambling could be key to ensuring National Sports Council enjoys higher sin tax contribution to fund sports programmes in Malaysia.
National sports associations should get more support so they can ultimately stand on their own feet while Youth and Sports Ministry agencies should not fund and implement programmes to curb corrupt practices and abuse of power.