‘Gymsemua’ centres will be set up in all the five districts on the island and on the mainland to generate more interest in gymnastics.
Malaysian Amateur Gymnastics (Penang branch) Council president Datuk Tan Gin Soon said the council was in the process of identifying the locations for the centres.
“An estimated operating budget of RM200,000 annually has been allocated by the Youth and Sports Ministry for the centres,” he said.
The centres are expected to be operational by next year, he said.
Tan said the ‘Gymsemua’ programme, introduced by the Youth and Sports Ministry, would encourage school children to take up gymnastics.
“The students will pick up skills re-lated to the sport, such as aerobics and skipping.
“Those who excel will be given training to enable them to participate at state, national and even international levels,” he told reporters after the council’s inaugural charity dinner themed ‘A Night of A Thousand Stars’ at a hotel here recently .
Also present were State Youth, Sports and Women’s Development Committee chairman Datuk Jahara Hamid and state Sports Council director Lee Hang Son.