PARENTS should stimulate their children’s interest in sports activities to determine whether they are talented athletes.
Penang Youth, Sports, Women, Family and Community Develop-ment Committee chairman Datuk Jahara Hamid said children were greatly influenced by their parents.
“If children were exposed to sports activities at a very young age, they would have a greater chance to fall in love with it,” she told repor-ters during a press conference on SUKPEN III (the 3rd Penang Games).
Citing an example, she said the world’s woman squash champion Nicol David (pic) was introduced to the sports by her parents during her childhood.
Jahara urged parents to bring their children to the SUKPEN III, a 10-day sports event to be launched on June 1 at Batu Kawan Stadium.
“Bring them there to get inspired, your children may just be the next world champion in the future,” she said.
On SUKPEN III, Jahara said there would be 2,160 athletes competing in 17 sports including golf, judo, and boxing.
Another 600 athletes would be competing in sports such as aquatic events, wushu, and canoeing.
She said the state govern- ment would shortlist medal winners from SUKPEN III for further train- ing to represent Penang in SUKMA XII to be held in Terengganu next year.