New association for sports and fitness venue operators formed

Radha says the association aims to represent all states and cover 40 different sports and fitness activities.

THE Registrar of Societies Malaysia has given the green light for the formation of a National Sports and Fitness Venue Owners and Operators Association (NSFVOOA).

With its formation — at a time when most sports and fitness venues have been closed because of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and are incurring heavy losses as a result — venue operators can now be represented at a national level.

“It did not happen overnight,” said its president Datuk K. Radha Krishnan.

“We worked tirelessly to submit our proposal for the association’s formalisation, for the benefit of the sports and fitness community.

“We are truly grateful for the endorsement by Youth and Sports Ministry as well as the consultation provided by them and National Sports Institute on how best to launch this association,” he added.

NSFVOOA was developed and formalised with five key objectives:

● To empower the coalition of owners and operators of sports complexes and fitness centres under one national association;

● To focus on concerns and provide assistance to aspects from formation and management to marketing and collaborations between its members;

● To execute community programmes and business development;

● To develop a networking platform between its members, assist with problem solving in operations and business matters; and

● To provide a platform for members to voice ideas, comments and concerns in dialogues, discussions and meetings with other organisations, associations, local authorities, ministries as well as the private sector.“Together, we will be submitting a proposal to both Youth and Sports Ministry and the Sports Industry Secretariat in establishing a sports satellite account for the industry, giving detailed information on the current state of affairs of this industry at large, along with figures on losses the industry has suffered to date because of closure,” said Radha.“We will have a meeting next week to discuss the steps to take to properly moot this proposal to the government.

“Our target in the coming three months is to reach 300 registered members nationwide, representing all states and covering 40 different sports and fitness activities.”

Radha is no stranger to the local sports and fitness industry, having led many local sports associations spanning three decades and serving in various capacities in the sports industry.

He was also recently appointed to a panel of experts by the ministry to highlight issues facing the industry.

Other appointed council members of NSFVOOA include Raezal Mohamed Hussein (deputy president), Mohd Shamil Mohd Yusof (vice-president) and H’Ng Raymond (secretary).

For details, call 010-228 7706 (Raymond) or visit NSFVOOA’s Facebook group.

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