JOHOR BARU: The Johor Sports Council (JSC) have been urged to work closely with the schools sports council (MSSJ) and enlist the help of former internationals to identify and help groom athletes with potential in the state.
The Johor state executive councillor for Culture, Youth, Sports and Manpower Committee, Ahmad Zahri Jamil, said that the JSC needed to find the right people to identify talent at the grassroots level.
“Young talent should be quickly recognised,” said Ahmad Zahri at the launching of the MSSJ website http://www.johordt.gov.my/mssj and presentation of MSSJ awards to students who won medals in the national schools (MSSM) championships and in last year’s Sukma in Sabah.
“The former greats from Johor are the best people who can help develop young talent. But from what I learn, nobody has approached them. We can bring them in on an advisory capacity.”
He singled out Nordin Jadi (athletics), Billy Ng and Sylvia Ng (badminton), Othman Abdullah (football) and Sarjit Singh (hockey) as those who could contribute towards Johor's cause to take sports to a higher level.
Ahmad Zahri was irked over the absence of JSC official from the function even though they were given an invitation to attend it by the MSSJ.
“This should not happen, especially when the two parties are supposed to work hand in hand in the development of sports in the state,” he said.
Meanwhile, junior cricket international Isafiq Abdul Aziz was named the MSSJ Sportsboy for 2002 while Siti Zubaidah Adabi, who won gold medals in the long jump and triple jump in the MSSM and also in the Asean Schools Championships in Brunei last year, clinched the Sportsgirl award.
The Johor Baru District Schools Council won the award for the best district in sports.