THE Johor Sports Master Plan 2030 (JSMP2030) is expected to be a game changer for the state as it will not only transform the industry into an economic contributor but also create jobs for locals.
Johor Sports Council (MSNJ) director Nor Syazlan Abd Razak said the plan was currently 85% complete and would be presented to the state government next year.
“The master plan will promote a healthier lifestyle among Johoreans while contributing to our economy.
“It will also secure the development of future athletes under the MSNJ Gold Programme.
“Meanwhile, those who represent Johor will be placed under the MSNJ Titanium Programme to further hone their talents,” he said when contacted.
The plan, according to him, will not only cover sports initiatives for next 10 years but also holistic development of sports facilities within the state.
“It will cover sports talents from their primary to tertiary education, and all this data will be collected to better plan our industry in the near future.
“We also aim to encourage the creation of a sustainable sports ecosystem as an industry in Johor.”
He said the master plan would focus on job creation, learning opportunities, events, sports technology and research as well as sports tourism.
Sports Johor chief executive officer On Jabbar said the JSMP2030 was supposed to be introduced earlier this year, but was postponed because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“However, it has given us the chance to fine-tune the plan, especially with regard to the ongoing pandemic, standard operating procedure and general safety,” he added.
JSMP2030 will cover four key initiatives – sports tourism, healthy lifestyle, sports development and sports community.
On said the plan would lead to Johor having the largest sports committee and all key industry players under one roof.
On another matter, he revealed that Sports Johor would be introducing the Johor City Council Sports Week next year as part of its efforts to promote a healthy lifestyle.
“It will involve the three city councils in Johor Baru, which are Johor Baru, Iskandar Puteri and Pasir Gudang.
“The councils will be organising core sports events, with public participation, along with other healthy activities like fun runs and fun rides,” he said.