NUSAJAYA: The state government has developed various programmes under the state’s Youth and Sports portfolio to encourage sports activities as well as to produce quality athletes among the public.
Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Mohamed Khaled Nordin said that in order to produce quality athletes of international standard, everyone should be involved and play a positive role.
“This including the teachers, coaches, instructors, sports assistants as well as the relevant government agencies in training them to be competent athletes in the future,” he said during the opening of International Handball Tournament (IHT) 2014.
His speech was read out by the state Youth, Sports, Culture and Heritage committee chairman Datuk Zulkurnain Kamisan.
He added that in 2014 alone, the state had developed more than 15 youth leadership programmes, 102 human capital development programmes and 37 young entrepreneurs programmes under the state’s Youth and Sports Exco.
“The government has also played a vital role in promoting sports in Johor, especially to the rural areas. In the past, we have organised various sports carnivals at assembly areas to promote sporting activities.
“We have ensured that there are sports clubs at each village and district in the state which would encourage sports activities,” he said.
Mohamed Khaled said that the state government wants sports carnival to be the centre for discovering new young athletes who can represent the district, state and the country for sports related activities.
“We hope to be able to embark on more new exciting programmes for the benefit of rakyat,” he added.
The IHT, which will be ongoing for five days starting Dec 8 until Dec 12, are participated by five Asian country including the Philippines, Brunei, Thailand and Singapore.