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Monday September 2, 2013 MYT 4:53:00 PM
Monday September 2, 2013 MYT 4:55:53 PM
by ashreena pillai
Khairy: 'Until they can present a recovery plan, they will not receive a single sen from the Government.'
PUTRAJAYA: Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin says the Sepak Takraw Association of Malaysia (STAM) will not receive any more funds until they are able to put together a recovery plan to bring the sport back to prominence.
This announcement came after the national sepak takraw team lost 3-0 to South Korea in the first leg of the ISTAF SuperSeries men’s final in New Delhi, India, on Sunday.
“It’s embarrassing that we lost to South Korea. I’ve been contemplating what is the next step for takraw ... because I feel there’s no excuse for us to not do well, and to lose against teams like South Korea. I want to re-evaluate the Government’s funding towards sepak takraw,” said Khairy who is prepared to dish out some much-needed tough love by stopping all Government funding towards the sport.
“With this loss, I won’t want to give any more funds. Previously, they have gone directly to the Prime Minister to source for funds. This time, I will also advise the PM not to give in,” he said.
“Until they can present a recovery plan, they will not receive a single sen from the Government ... this is too much,” he added.
With STAM allocated roughly around RM1mil a year, Khairy feels it’s high time the association bucks up.
“The Youth and Sports Ministry is not allowed to interfere with the management and administration of sports associations, but we can block funds.
“I think we have to stand firm against sports associations. We can’t just give them lip service by saying we’re not satisfied with their performance.
“It has come to a point where it’s become a crisis, and we have to take matters into our own hands and do what is necessary.”
While Malaysia will surely be keen to exact revenge in the second and third legs of the SuperSeries in Bangkok, Thailand (Sept 26-29) and Kota Kinabalu, Sabah (Oct 31-Nov 3) respectively, it still does not warrant the rut Malaysia has experienced in recent years.
Once a powerhouse of sepak takraw, Malaysia last won the gold in the SEA Games eight years ago at the Manila Games in 2005.
Malaysia also recently lost out on another piece of silverware when they were defeated by Myanmar (2-1) in the Four Nations Invitational sepak takraw tournament here in July.
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sepak takraw, Government, Youth and Sports Ministry, Khairy Jamaluddin, funds, Sepak Takraw Association of Malaysia, STAM, ISTAF SuperSeries
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