THE National Sports Council (NSC) has given its support to the setting up of gymnasiums in rural areas.
To highlight this commitment, NSC director-general Datuk Zolkples Embong was the guest-of-honour at the opening of Ultimate Power Gym in Taman Sungai Pinang in Kapar, Selangor, recently.
“We welcome private gyms or neighbourhood gyms like this to assist sportsmen and sportswomen, regardless of age and gender, to gain access to fitness equipment. The gym will also provide the neighbouring community the advantage of adopting a healthy lifestyle.
“The gym can also play an important role in the promotion and development of bodybuilding, kick-boxing and other sports,” said Zolkples.
Ultimate Power Gym managing director Zulsham Azlimi Mohd Yaacob said the gym, with equipment costing almost RM50,000, was set up with support from Universal Fitness and Leisure (UFL).
“When we approached UFL with the idea, they were receptive and assisted in making this programme a reality. We are confident of playing a part in the promotion and development of sports in this area. We have already received positive response from the residents.
“Students have also shown a keen interest in our programmes. We want to introduce bodybuilding to them,” said Zulsham.
Former national bodybuilder Datuk Abdul Malek Noor, who has won many numerous titles for Malaysia in the international arena, and UFL managing director Datuk V. Radhakrishnan were also present at the launch.
Abdul Malek said there were a lot of promising talents in the rural areas.
“I am also from a small town in Johor. What the current youngsters need is a systematic training programme and guidance. We hope to see Ultimate Power Gym playing an active role in sports,” Abdul Malek said.
Zolkples praised UFL for its involvement in the sports industry.
“UFL celebrated their silver jubilee last year. Over the years, they have grown and have also provided job opportunities to several national sportsmen and sportswomen. They have been supporting sports such as archery, gymnastics, snooker and lawn bowls.
“We would like to see them active in the promotion and development of sports in the country,” said Zolkples.
Ultimate Power Gym, with a team of qualified trainers, is open from 10.30am to 11pm daily.