Federal Territories Sports Council (MSWP) has launched a discount card for athletes representing Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan so that they can purchase sports equipment and items at reduced prices.
Federal Territories Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa said the Team Wipers Discount Card — the first of its kind — would be given to 1,300 athletes who would be eligible for discounts of up to 50% at selected stores.
“This commendable incentive is made possible with support from the private sector.
“At present, the discount is limited to selected stores but I am sure more parties can also offer such incentives to reduce training costs for athletes.
“Sports equipment is expensive and athletes spend a lot of money on their training gear, ” he said at MSWP’s inaugural seminar on coaching and sports development held in Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur.
Also present were MSWP president Datuk Ramlan Shahean@Askolani, deputy president 2 Tan Sri Mohamad Noor Abdul Rahim and director Dr Hasnul Faizal Hushin Amri as well as Federal Territories Ministry deputy secretary-general (planning and development) Datuk Che Roslan Che Daud.
A total of 150 coaches from sports associations in the Federal Territories took part in the two-day seminar themed “Reach for Gold: Developing and Shaping High Performance Sports Approach for Sukma 2020”.
The seminar also saw the signing of five memoranda of understanding between MSWP and International Islamic University Malaysia, Mahsa University, KPNP Malaysia, Paragon Vest Sdn Bhd and Persekutuan Judo Malaysia, who inked their commitment to spur sports development and extend educational support to the Federal Territories contingent.
Annuar expressed hope that the seminar conducted by experienced people in the sports industry would be a catalyst for better coaching.
“I hope the Federal Territories will remain a sports powerhouse.
“We have over 30 active sports associations and good training facilities, which I hope will be reflected in our athletes’ performance in the Malaysia Games to be held next year.
“We have also provided funds to enable the athletes to continue training despite the movement control order and postponement of the Malaysia Games, ” he highlighted.
Annuar added that the ministry was looking at building a centralised sports training centre in Putrajaya in 2022.