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by aftar singh
OCM president Tunku Tan Sri Imran Tuanku Ja’afar talking to reporters during the press conference at the Royal Selangor Club (RSC) in Bukit Kiara on Oct 18, 2013, to announce the fund-raising efforts. Looking on is Carif CEO Professor Dr Teo Soo Hwang.
KUALA LUMPUR: A points-system pension plan should be introduced to help national athletes once they retire.
Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) president Tunku Tan Sri Imran Tuanku Ja’afar said currently there is no financial scheme to help national athletes after they retire.
“An athlete’s life as a sportsman or woman is short as some of them retire earlier due to injuries. And most national athletes don’t even have a degree to look for a job after they quit.
“There is a need to look into this aspect as athletes need some sort of income to survive after they retire,” said Tunku Imran.
“We should follow the South Korean sports retirement scheme which rewards points to athletes based on the medals they win in major Games like the world championships, Olympics, Commonwealth and Asian Games.
“We also need to cater some courses for athletes, who are not graduates, to help them get jobs after they retire,” said Tunku Imran during a press conference for Cancer Research Initiatives Foundation (Carif) and Kuala Lumpur cricket junior development fund-raising.
To raise funds for these two programmes world record holder and Malaysian cricketer Arul Suppiah will host a weekend of exciting action this December.
The KL-born Arul, who is based in England, will be back in Malaysia on Dec 6 to host a gala dinner and auction at Saujana Hotel in KL. The guest of honour for the event will be 1996 World Cup winning captain Arjuna Ranatunga of Sri Lanka.
Proceeds from the ticket sales and auction will be shared between Carif and the KL junior cricket development, which is responsible for discovering and nurturing Arul’s talent.
There will also be a limited overs match at the Kinrara Academy Oval as part of the fund-raising effort.
Arul and Arjuna will take to the pitch on Dec 7 with Arul leading “Arul’s XI” in the match against “The Sports Minister’s XI” captained by Arjuna.
Tunku Imran, who is also the SportExcel chairman, said Arul is a role model and inspiration for young cricketers in Malaysia.
“Arul went to England with the help of SportExcel and I praise him for his achievements in cricket and for repaying by helping to raise funds for Carif and the KL junior cricket development,” said Tunku Imran, who is also the Malaysian Cricket Association (MCA) president.
For a full list of prices and packages for the charity gala dinner, contact Devindran Ramanathan at 019-2411471 or email Devindran.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enquiries for the cricket match should be addressed to Diane Docherty at Docherty.email@example.com.
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cricket, Olympic Council of Malaysia, OCM, Tunku Tan Sri Imran Tuanku Ja’afar, SportExcel, Cancer Research Initiatives Foundation, Carif
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