To help the national sports associations get back on their feet, the Youth and Sports Ministry has set aside RM10mil to help those that are badly hit by the pandemic.
For Malaysian Gymnastics Federation (MGF) president Rachel Lau, the funding is much appreciated as it is the first step in making NSAs go digital.
However, she added that recovery would take time and she foresees that more funds would be needed in the digitalisation process.
“While it would not be enough, I’m happy that they have the foresight to take the leap of faith,” said Rachel.
“Typically a recovery takes double the time of the slowdown.
“So given that we were not allowed to operate for three months, then we can expect a recovery period of six months.
“Most parents are taking a wait-and-see approach, I think it’s highly commendable given the potential second wave of the virus. So things should only pick up by the beginning of next year.”
Rachel is now looking at the damage that has been done to sports and urged sports administrators to come together and find ways to help each other.
“For gymnastics, we are trying to understand who needs help and what we can do.
“Quite frankly, it will be a painful recovery but I think we are in a good position to bring sports forward given the relatively young nature of the stakeholders.
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