SELANGOR State Sports Council (MSNS) is teaming up with Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) to spur athletes’ development by providing them with the opportunity to further their studies.
Selangor youth, sports and human capital development committee chairman Mohd Khairuddin Othman said an allocation of RM100,000 would kick off the collaboration between both parties.
“We are proud to work with UiTM for the Selangor Athlete Career and Education Programme which will give athletes, who fulfil the requirements, an opportunity to study at UiTM’s Sports and Recreation Faculty.
“This is to accommodate Selangor athletes who may not be able to enter otherwise,” he said, adding that about 20 athletes would be able to gain entry into UiTM by the end of the year.
Both parties signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to facilitate this. UiTM was represented by Sports Science and Recreation Faculty dean Assoc Prof Dr Mohad Anizu Mohd Nor while MSNS acting director Mohd Nizam Marjugi signed on behalf of the council. The agreement is for five years.
Besides providing a special track for Selangor athletes to further their studies at UiTM, the MOU also includes sharing of knowledge, providing sport science support for athletes and officers for competitions, developing and strengthening research within the field of sports science and sports management, sharing of training venues for programmes and field activities as well as hosting seminars and courses.
Khairuddin added that UiTM would act as an adviser to Selangor for sports, and provide input for the Sukma contingent contesting in Johor next March as athletes resume training this month.
“Selangor has been overall champion nine times and we are optimistic of becoming overall champions for the tenth time, especially with additional input from UiTM.”
UiTM had also seen success in developing its students’ sporting capabilities as they bagged four gold, three silver and six bronze medals at the 2019 SEA Games.
Mohad Anizu said the faculty was prepared to provide assistance to further develop sports in the state.“We have expertise in all aspects of sports science, including nutrition, sports psychology, strength conditioning, coaching, rehabilitation as well as performance analysis,” he said.At the same event, the faculty launched a website for the Malaysian Journal of Sports Science and Recreation.