THE National Sports Council (NSC) will scout for talented athletes under 12 years in the state to help revive Penang’s glory in sports.
NSC development division head Md Saadon A. Shukor said this would be done during a Cari Juara (Looking for Champions) programme, organised by state Sports Council and Education De-partment on April 24 and April 25.
The council wants Penang to regain their glory in sports, which they used to bask in during the 1960s.
“We are trying to make sporting events a culture and to continuously improve in that field,” he told a press conference recently.
Md Saadon said to date they had offered courses to 230 talented athletes through the previous three Cari Juara programmes held in Labuan, Sabah and Sarawak.
“This is the first time we are holding it in the peninsular and we are hoping to see more talents being selected from this state,” he said.
Md Saadon said records showed that children who excelled in sports received moral support from their parents.
“World squash champion Nicol David’s parents are a fine example here,” he said.
“We need parents to encourage their talented children to take up sports as their career.”
Penang Sports Council director Mohd Salleh Ramli said the programme was open to all aged between seven and 12 and participation is free.
Selections for weightlifting, judo, silat, taekwondo, boxing and wushu will be held at Penang State Sports Council building in Batu Uban while lawn bowls, fencing and sepaktakraw competitions will be held at Youth and Sports Complex in Batu Uban.
“We are expecting at least 500 participants for the 10 events,” he added.
A panel of foreign and local judges will pick candidates with potentials and those chosen will be given professional coaching twice a week for a year.
“If they excel during the training, they will be placed in sports schools in future,” he said.
For details, call the state Sports Council’s Mohd Fadil Mohamad at 019-4582080 or Azura Abd Rahman at 012-5675867.