Continued efforts must be taken to speed up the collection of data related to Malaysia’s billion-ringgit sports industry to justify policies and investments.
Football star Brendan Gan and Olympian Goh Liu Ying have thrown their weight behind the proposed Safe Sport Act by the Youth and Sports Ministry, adding that athletes and officials should be given safe space to speak out against alleged abuses.
In a new initiative by the Youth and Sports Ministry, the Malaysian Sports League will be launched today in an effort to see more competitions organised at the lower levels.
Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu, in his winding-up speech in Parliament this afternoon, says professional sports clubs are able to unearth more talents and not rely on government funding, but adds that 70 per cent of such clubs remain inactive.
Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu says plans are afoot for sports programmes to cut across various ministries and hopes this will inculcate the sporting culture among the masses.
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.
Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu urges Youth and Sports Ministry staff to be creative in finding solutions through youth programmes.
Former national diver Leong Mun Yee has expanded her business, Heroes Cafe, after finishing an entrepreneurship course organised by the National Sports Council.
Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu knows he doesn’t have much time in office, but hopes to get more ‘sports for the masses’ programmes lined up, en route to creating a larger pool of talents and boosting the sports economy.
Youth and Sports Ministry seems unable to move beyond past achievements, offering nothing new, moving forward. Meanwhile, Olympians are starting to make their feelings known.
There are still no updates about National Sports Vision 2030, supposed to be launched in October, despite talks that it will be among Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu’s 100-day KPI.
Instead of just words and pledges, the Youth and Sports Ministry should adopt a certification-type scheme that would rate sports organisations based on their capabilities.
While conversations regarding sports industry came alive during the recent Sports Industry Job Convention, Sportswork Group co-founder and group managing director Nur Jasni Mohamed says the Youth and Sports Ministry must transform and drive the initiative.