T. AVINESHWARAN AT THE PERAK STATE ASSEMBLY
REALISING the potential of para athletes, Perak became the first state in the country to follow the Youth and Sports Ministry’s move to give disabled athletes the same incentive as able-bodied athletes.
State Youth and Sports Committee chairman Datuk Shahrul Zaman Yahya said the development of para athletes has always been emphasised by the state government and it has come up with various programmes to help them.
He said from 2014 to 2016, the state government spent RM1.2mil on development and incentives on para athletes, thanks to allocations from the state and Federal Government.
“We have programmes like i-Talent, i-Train, Para Athletes Development Workshop and coaching courses.
“There were 26 programmes in 2014, 41 in 2015 and five last year.
“In 2014, there were 1,110 participants, 1,448 in 2015 and 495 in 2016 in the programmes,” he said in his closing speech on Monday.
In another matter, Shahrul said the state government is planned to form an organisation to monitor and manage the sporting infrastructure in the state.
This is to ensure the venues and stadiums did not become white elephants after the Sukma 2018 games, to be hosted by the Perak.
The state wants to ensure that the infrastructure can be used by the public after the games and wants facilities in Perak to become used in ways similar to the Kuala Lumpur Sports City and Singapore Sports Hub.
Shahrul said the Public Works Department would monitor the venues for the time being and they would be tasked with renovating, fixing and building new facilities.
He said most venues would be completed early next year.
Asked on the target for the games, he said the aim was to be the overall champions of Sukma.