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Published: Wednesday July 31, 2013 MYT 9:26:00 PM
Updated: Wednesday July 31, 2013 MYT 9:32:44 PM

NSC to make it compulsory for all athletes to undergo regular medical check-ups

 Datuk Seri Zolkples Embong (centre) at the NSC’s buka puasa (breaking of fast) do on Tuesday. — AZHAR MAHFOF / The Star

Datuk Seri Zolkples Embong (centre) at the NSC’s buka puasa (breaking of fast) do on Tuesday. — AZHAR MAHFOF / The Star

KUALA LUMPUR: The National Sports Council (NSC) intend to make it compulsory for athletes from all sports in the country to undergo regular medical check-ups following the sudden death of cager Jacky Ng Kiat Kee recently.

The 25-year-old power forward/centre was playing in an invitational tournament in Jinjiang, China, with the national team when he suffered a fatal cardiac arrest whilst on the bench.

NSC director-general Datuk Seri Zolkples Embong said he was shocked and saddened to hear of Jacky’s passing, having met the player at the MABA (Malaysia Basketball Association)-Lining sponsorship event on July 15.

“It comes as a real shock that this could happen to a young athlete. And I just met him a couple of weeks ago. So, I am shocked and saddened. We feel the loss because, from what I hear, he was an upcoming talent with full of potential,” Zolkples said at the NSC’s buka puasa (breaking of fast) do on Tuesday.

Zolkples said he would discuss the possibility (of compulsory regular medical check-ups for athletes in all sports) with National Sports Institute (NSI) chief executive officer Datuk Dr Ramlan Abdul Aziz.

“I’ll discuss this with Dr Ramlan and NSI to come out a plan to accommodate athletes from non-core sports as well,” he said.

“We have to make sure that we have the services available for them ... if not, we’ll try to find suitable alternatives like government hospitals to meet the needs of the athletes.”

Tags / Keywords: Sport, Sport Others, Others, NSC, regular check-ups for athletes

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