KUALA LUMPUR: The Sports Advisory Panel formed under the Sports Development Act will be given a wide mandate and not confine themselves to specific issues.
Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Hishammuddin Hussein Onn said after appointing the new panel for a two-year term yesterday that he would like them to look into all issues affecting sports in the country.
The former Datuk Bandar of Kuala Lumpur, Tan Sri Kamaruzzaman Shariff, heads the 10-man panel. The others in the panel are Datuk Mohamed Zabri Min, Tunku Tan Sri Imran Tuanku Ja'afar, Tan Sri Hamid Bugo, Datuk Noni J. Said, Datuk Ali Musa Sulaiman, Datuk Sieh Kok Chi, Datuk Dr M. Jegathesan, Datuk Dr Mohamed Noor Ismail and Shaukei Kahar.
“I will give them a wide mandate and they must be ready tackle issues far beyond those that are very specific in nature,” said Hishammuddin, who presented letters of appointment to the members of the panel.
“This panel will be the closest to me in providing suggestion and feedback.
“I will leave it to the panel to decided how often they will meet. But for a start, there are a few things which I would like them to look into.”
Hishammuddin said that among the issues that the ministry were looking into were the development of sports in the schools and higher institutes of learning; a new training programme for national athletes for 2006 and 2010; a regulating commission for motor sports in the country; new sports; sports for all; and improving the administrative structure of sports associations.