Plan to churn out athletes

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  • Thursday, 08 Feb 2007

Najib: ‘Several British universitieshave agreed to share theirexpertise in sports science’

PETALING JAYA: The country is looking into nurturing a pool of sportsmen and sportswomen of the future, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said. 

The Government has outlined three major initiatives that would be implemented to reach this goal. 

The three initiatives are implementing a sports testing campaign at schools to identify young sports talents; restructuring the National Sports Council to focus on developing Malaysians into world-class sportsmen; and learning more about sports-related sciences to create more professional and motivated athletes. 

“The Government is working with the Youth and Sports Ministry to conduct special sports tests on schoolchildren,” he said in his speech before presenting financial rewards to medal winners at the 15th Asian Games in Doha and the Far East and South Pacific Games here last night. 

“Scientific evaluation will be carried out to identify the country’s best athletes of the future at the grassroots level. 

“Several British universities have agreed to share their expertise in sports science with the Youth and Sports Ministry.”  

Malaysia won eight gold, 17 silver and 17 bronze medals in the Asian Games, while the disabled paralympic athletes won 44 gold, 59 silver and 71 bronze medals in the Fespic Games in Kuala Lumpur. 

The Doha games medallists and coaches received RM2.2mil, and the paralympics athletes and coaches RM4.7mil. 

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