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by rajes paul
SportExcel chairman Tunku Tan Sri Imran Tuanku Ja’afar and recipients of the SportExcel Individual Funding programme with their mock cheques.
KUALA LUMPUR: Next year’s SportExcel programme is set to be more exhilarating and challenging with two new sports – athletics and diving – set to be roped in.
SportExcel chairman Tunku Tan Sri Imran Tuanku Ja’afar on Thursday said that they would introduce relay events for a start in athletics.
And rather than confining it to all the various junior age categories, the athletics circuit will be open to athletes aged between 19 and 21.
“We have found that we are losing athletes in this age range in athletics. We have junior programmes in schools but there is nothing for school-leavers. Not all make it to university,” said Tunku Imran.
“As such, we are planning to host an event catering for those aged 19-21 years old. We will work with the FTAAA (Federal Territory Amateur Athletic Association),” he said after handing over grants to 45 recipients from nine sports under the SportExcel Individual Funding programme.
The sports are golf, tennis, cricket, squash, bowling, gymnastics, swimming, cycling and taekwondo. Sepak takraw and shooting did not nominate anyone for the grants.
“We will also work with Asum (Amateur Swimming Union of Malaysia) to establish circuits for diving. This sport has potential,” he said.
In order to create athletes who are mentally tough and able to perform under any form of pressure, Tunku Imran said he would encourage the existing sports to take another look at their programmes.
“Currently, we have golf junior circuits. We may encourage them to play match plays rather than going through the rounds. We want to promote one-to-one battles or create finals. This will train our athletes to handle pressure and stay mentally strong during critical situations,” he said.
Tunku Imran also said that they may tweak the squash programme.
“We currently host many age categories but next year we may only hold the Under-10 category. This is because CIMB is playing a big role in the development of the game and we do not want to be seen as competing with the National Sports Associations (NSAs). We’d rather work with them and complement their needs,” he said.
Tunku Imran also threw down the gauntlet to all the NSAs to increase their efforts in development work.
“The lack of comprehensive development blueprints on the part of many of our national associations, including those that are Olympic sports, will make it harder to find talent of calibre,” he said.
“I do not have to reveal which NSAs they are. They should know. Stop procrastinating. Start looking at the future and heed the writing on the wall for your sport.”
The 2013 SportExcel Individual Funding recipients:
Golf: Mohd Afzal Mohd Zubir, Jolene Kam Jo Ling, Lucas Yee Jung Jin, Siti Zulaikhaa Shaari, Daeng Abdul Rahman Abdul Aziz, Natasha Andrea Oon, Feirish Nor Feizal Nor.
Cricket: Mohd Syahir Ramli, Nalin de Silva, Shankar Sathish Chandran, Pavandeep Singh.
Squash: Jesse Foo Kok Sheng, Nazihah Hanis Abdul Razak, Sivasangari Subramaniam, Mohd Hafiz Zhafri Abdul Harif, Wang Peng Soon, Nur Aliah Izzati Mohd Anis, Aifa Azman.
Tennis: Talhah Mohd Rahizam, Koay Hao Sheng, Yus Syazlin Nabila Yusri, Nurin Nabilah Roslan.
Bowling: Nurul Atiqah Ahmad, Sharifah Munirrah Syed Mohsin, Mohd Naim Hashim, Mohd Al Qayyum Syafiq Noor Akmal, Shazreen Nadia Teh Shahrul Hafiz Teh.
Artistic Gymnastics: Brandon Denoley Luise, Esmelda Arecia Menti Alfred Geling.
Swimming: Yap Siew Hui, Goh Yue Hong, Tan Rou Ying, Keith Lim Kit Sern, Sebastian Soon, Rosalind P. Shean Hong.
Cycling: Akmal Hakim Zakaria, Mohd Amirul Amran, Mohd Badrul Hakimi Hamid, Azli Najmi Zulkefli, Siti Nur Abidah Akma Mohd Fuad.
Taekwondo: Cheong Zi Yang, Nur Putra Danial Azlan Noor Azlan, Nur Farah Alisa Roslan, Wallace Lee Jia He, Nur Nadiah Mazlan.
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SportExcel, Olympic, Tunku Imran Tuanku Ja'afar, SportExcel Individual Funding
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