Selangor sets 40-gold target for Sukma 2022

THE Selangor government has set a target of 40 gold medals at the next Sukma (Sukan Malaysia) Games, which is scheduled to be held next year.

“We are targeting medals in 16 core sports, including aquatics, athletics, shooting, badminton, lawn bowling and karate,” state human capital development, sports and youth generation development committee chairman Mohd Khairuddin Othman told the Selangor assembly on Monday (Nov 29).

“If we are able to achieve 40 gold medals, Selangor will be able to finish in the top five. If we are able to win 45 gold medals, we will be among the top three winners at Sukma.

“We are confident that with Selangor's record at previous Sukma editions, we will be able to achieve a great finish at Sukma 2022,” he added when answering questions by Lim Yi Wei (PH-Kampung Tunku) on Selangor’s preparations for the next Sukma Games.

“Sukma has been postponed twice, in 2020 and this year. It is scheduled to be held some time in June, July or August in the Federal Territories, after Johor stated that it was not ready to host.

“Meanwhile, the Selangor National Sports Council has been ensuring that our team is ready for Sukma since 2019,” he said.

Some of the preparations include: virtual training throughout the various movement control orders so that coaches could ensure that their charges and athletes remained in ideal physical condition; providing additional support through online talks and motivational sessions; and allowing physical training to resume this month after Selangor entered Phase Four of the National Recovery Plan.

“To ensure athletes and coaches remain committed to their Sukma preparations, we have been paying them (according to attendance and contract respectively) in 2020 and 2021,” said Mohd Khairuddin.

“A total of RM5.099mil has been paid thus far, comprising RM2.105mil to athletes and RM2.993mil to coaches.”

On the state government’s efforts to identify the next generation of athletes while factoring in the Covid-19 endemic stage, he said district sports councils remain the backbone for the system to unearth new athletes.

“The pandemic has posed challenges to organising district-level programmes and limited use of sports facilities at schools, but the coaches are doing what they can with alternative options available,” said Mohd Khairuddin.

“The state and district-level sports councils will also start a recruitment programme next year to scout for para athletes to ensure we still have future talents.

“There are plans to resume Sukan Selangor next year. This is a biennial meet involving district teams.

“We have also established a Sports Innovation Section to improve our athletes’ performance level, towards realising Selangor as Malaysia’s sports innovation hub,” he added.

Mohd Khairuddin also believed the state sports council's collaborations with institutions of higher education would help create athletes of high calibre and knowledge while offering them an opportunity to further their education.

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