Following injection of RM240 million into Podium Programme, Youth and Sports Ministry says it will relook at the contracts of athletes that were not renewed this year due to a shortage of funds.
Cabinet finally decides to allocate funds to Podium Programme, months after several athletes were dropped from the elite programme.
The Podium Programme Enhancement Committee recommends that a forensic audit be carried out on the multi-million ringgit Podium Programme. In moving forward, it also suggests athletes and coaches contribute to the Employees Provident Fund.
The Podium Programme Enhancement Committee has made damning findings that it believes contributed to the downfall of the multi-million ringgit Podium Programme which took off in 2016.
High time for powers-that-be to reveal documents pertaining to sports, including the findings of the Podium Programme Enhancement Task Force, or sports officials will continue making the same mistakes over and over.
Stakeholders fear findings of Podium Programme Enhancement Task Force, among others, could be sidelined due to political instability and possible change of guard.
Numerous studies and researches to improve Malaysian sports have been carried out by experts over the years but judging by the present day scenario, it remains a mystery if the guardians have learnt anything.
Several attendees say Podium Programme post-mortem workshop ended without any resolution as national sports associations will instead come up with their summaries and recommendations following the two-day meeting.
Regardless agenda of two-day workshop on Podium Programme which starts today, decision makers should stop thinking about leaving legacies through million-ringgit programmes but start thinking of what’s best for Malaysian sports.
Podium Programme director Tim Newenham says time is right to leave as he hopes for focus and purity in Malaysia’s mission to achieve sporting excellence.