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by ashreena pillai
Youth and Sport minister Khairy Jamaluddin signs a netball during the launch of the Women's Sports and Fitness Foundation Malaysia Netball Championship 2013 in Putrajaya. Looking on is WSFFM president Shariffa Sabrina Syed Akil (third from left) and WSFFM treasurer Datuk Mohd Nazir Meraslam (third from right).
PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia needs more sportswomen like M. Rajamani, Nurul Huda Abdullah, Nicol David and Pandelela Rinong.
Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin hopes to preserve Malaysia’s tradition of producing successful sportswomen by calling for higher participation of women in sports.
“Having women in sports is vital and we must get more of our girls to play sports. We need to start them young, at school level,” said Khairy on Monday at the official launch of the Women’s Sports and Fitness Foundation Malaysia (WSFFM) Netball Championships 2013 at his ministry.
“It is through various programmes like Sports for All that we can nurture these talents before they can move on to high performance sports under the National Sports Council (NSC),” he added.
“We definitely emphasise female participation because we believe that women can and do excel in sports and must be given the opportunity to do so.”
Khairy also lauded the efforts of non-government organisations such as the WSFFM in helping to promote healthy living.
“The ministry definitely encourages the efforts of NGOs in helping to raise awareness on healthy living, not just through the organisation of sporting events such as this championship, but also through the underlining message,” he said.
Meanwhile, WSFFM informed that the inaugural Netball Championships 2013 will be held from Sept 13-15 at Universiti Malaya.
The championships, which offer a total of RM28,000 in prizes, will feature four categories - under-14 and under-11, under-18, 18 and above, and women’s veteran (44 years old and above) in a round-robin knockout format.
So far, 150 teams have already registered and the WSFFM is hoping to get 200 teams. The entry fee is RM100 for the under-14 and under-11 category, and RM200 for the other three categories.
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Khairy Jamaluddin, netball, sportswomen, Women’s Sports and Fitness Foundation Malaysia, Netball Championships 2013, WSFFM
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