KUCHING: Sarawak State Sports Council (MSNS) director Francis Nyurang Ding has advised all sports associations to scout for talents in rural areas.
Nyurang said there were many out there and as far as Belaga in the state’s central region waiting to be discovered.
He cited Jonathan Nyepa, a Form Five student from Sungai Asap in Baram, who won the 100m gold in the recent Borneo Games in Labuan.
Sarawak have in the past produced several track and field stars from rural areas namely Balang Lasung and Kuda Ditta.
“This is where sports associations should work together with the Education Department and schools in rural areas,” said Nyurang.
Jonathan is eligible for next year’s Malaysia Games in Perlis and the one in 2016 hosted by Sarawak.
“MSNS will send him for more exposures to prepare him.”
He said Sarawak needed more money from both the Government and private sector, better equipment, quality coaches, ample exposure outings and proper nutrition for athletes.
“Terengganu are so successful in the Malaysia Games because they have state-of-the-art training facilities, quality foreign coaches and plenty of money.
“This is what we should emulate if we really want to become the country’s powerhouse in sports,” he added.