Promote sports as a career, says Azalina

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 20 May 2004

KUALA LUMPUR: Sports should be promoted as a career and not just a hobby, said Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Azalina Othman Said. 

She said at present, sports was only treated as a pastime because most parents wanted their children to become lawyers, doctors and engineers. 

“Our parents here are even sending their kindergarten children for tuition,” Azalina said after witnessing a cheque presentation ceremony by the Japanese Chamber of Trade and Industry Malaysia (Jactim) Foundation to the Malaysian Paralympic Council (MPC) at her ministry yesterday. 

The Jactim Foundation contributed RM120,000 to the council for the purchase of sports equipment for disabled athletes. 

Azalina said the Youth and Sports Ministry was looking into turning sports into a worthwhile professional career and she would present a paper on the matter to the Cabinet soon. 

To instil sports culture in society, she said the residential sports club idea was being pushed to bring it to the grassroots. 

She said the approach would involve four ministries – Youth and Sports, Health, Housing and Local Government and the National Unity and Integration Department under the Prime Minister’s Department. 

By having residential sports clubs, she said more coaches could be trained and more people would be encouraged to participate in sports activities.  

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