KUALA LUMPUR: The Police Sports Council (PSC) will play a greater role in the development of national athletes by providing them with employment.
Sports Minister Datuk Hishammuddin Hussein said yesterday that the PSC would work closely with the National Sports Council (NSC) in implementing a special programme for national athletes under their charge.
There is no question that the PSC will play a greater role in the development of sports in the country.
I'm happy to announce that we have come to an understanding with them on the issue and they will now take a very pro-active role in sports, he said.
They have at least 27 national athletes under their wings and we can be sure that these athletes will progress with a stable backing for their national activities.
Recently, three badminton players joined the police. All-England champion Mohamed Hafiz Hashim and his brother, Roslin, and Azwan Jamaluddin signed up as Extra Police Constables (EPCs).
Eleven other badminton players from the back-up squad are also EPCs.
Hishammuddin said that the PSC not only had the ability to provide jobs for the national athletes but also had training facilities for them.
He said among the sports that the PSC would take an active interest in are boxing, shooting, weightlifting and sepaktakraw.
Hishammuddin added that he was not concerned if PSC were not affiliated to a national sports association.
The important thing is that they are willing to help develop the sports and have the necessary facilities to do it, said Hishammuddin.
They have been more pro-active in sports compared to some sports associations.
So why not work with them as it will benefit us in the long run. We will work with any party who can help our cause.
The Sports Ministry will also start discussions with the Armed Forces Sports Council and also the Malaysian Schools Sports Council (MSSM) to work on a similar scale.
Hishammuddin added that a schools joint committee had been formed and they had extended an invitation to the Olympic Council of Malaysia's (OCM) president, Tan Sri Tunku Imran Tuanku Jaafar, to join them.
Today, the minister will give details on the new national training programme for the 2006 Asian Games in Qatar and also those up to 2010.