JOHOR BARU: The state government will work closely with the Johor Badminton Association to look into ways to improve local players’ skills.
Johor Youth, Sports and Culture Committee chairman Mohd Khuzzan Abu Bakar said the state has one of the best football teams in Asia and it was time to develop its badminton team as well.
“We will have more discussions with the Youth and Sports Ministry as well as the state badminton team to find more effective ways to enhance performance on the court.
“We will also have the Larkin Arena next, which is a huge investment for the development of the local badminton team and we will do our best to ensure that the stadium will be used to enhance the sport here,” he added.
Mohd Khuzzan said this in a press conference after launching Iskandar Regional Development Authority’s (Irda) Iskandar Malaysia Beyond Boundaries Program (IMB2P) .
He said Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) also contributed to the development of local sportsmanship by sharing its facilities to help improve sports sciences.
“Johor already has its own facilities to develop sport sciences through UTM and with that we do not have to depend solely on the National Sports Institute of Malaysia (ISN),” he said.
On the event, Mohd Khuzzan said Irda’s initiative to encourage local artistes and students to explore the area’s culture, arts and heritage would also help to improve tourism there.
“It provides in-depth insights into the culture of the local communities in Iskandar Malaysia with its unique diversity.
“It is also in line with the state government’s aim for the Johor Sustainable Program, which seeks to protect and preserve the culture, history and heritage of the local communities,” he said.
Meanwhile, Irda chief executive Datuk Ismail Ibrahim said the programme would promote creativity and increase the level of appreciation towards arts, culture and heritage among the community.
“Apart from bringing people and communities together, arts, culture and heritage also contribute to building a sense of identity in the community.
“This will transform into loyalty for the state of Johor and its rich culture,” he said.
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