More support, funds for ministry to elevate sports industry, says Anwar

KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has pledged special consideration for the Youth and Sports Ministry, including additional allocations, to elevate the nation's sports industry.

The Prime Minister, who is also Finance Minister, said despite current financial constraints, priority should be given to certain programmes related to the "Road to Gold" and "Podium Programme" initiatives leading up to the Paris 2024 Olympics.

"The entire Madani government Cabinet recognises the vital role of sports in society. I assure you that if there are opportunities and needs arise despite economic challenges, special consideration will be given to boost national sporting activities,” he said.

The Prime Minister said this in his speech at the 2023 National Sports Awards held at the National Sports Council in Bukit Jalil on Thursday (June 13) night.

Also present were Youth and Sports Minister Hannah Yeoh and her deputy, Adam Adli Abd Halim.

Anwar said the national sports industry needs to be enhanced and expanded, as it has the potential to unify the people.

"Sports activities have the power to unite people across urban and rural areas, transcending ethnic and religious divides, fostering national unity through shared interests and team spirit.

"We believe that the world of sports can unite us,” he said, reaffirming his commitment to supporting national sports associations and empowering the industry's development.

On Thursday night’s event, Anwar expressed gratitude to all national athletes who have brought glory to the country on the international stage.

"Tonight, we celebrate and recognise our athletes for their remarkable achievements. It is important to acknowledge the contributions of the ministry and fraternities, sports associations and the community for their support and encouragement,” he added.- Bernama

Follow us on our official WhatsApp channel for breaking news alerts and key updates!

Next In Nation

Free shuttle bus services for national month launch on Sunday (July 21)
MMEA launch SAR after cargo ship crew member falls into Melaka waters
Malaysian High Commission in Dhaka assures safety of Malaysians amid student protest
Cyberbullying not applicable to politicians, says Dr Wee
King, Queen grace Yasin recital and doa selamat ceremony
Handbag believed to belong to Nur Farah Kartini found near river
Male teacher detained for alleged assault on autistic boy in Kelana Jaya
MCMC fines three individuals for obscene comments on female infant circumcision
RM100 is not enough to penalise cyberbullying, says Home Minister
Parliament adjourns without Prevention and Control of Infectious Disease (Amendment) Bill vote

Others Also Read