KUALA LUMPUR: Gymnastics have received a huge financial boost with the signing of a four-year partnership, worth RM1.2mil, with Universal Fitness and Leisure (UFL).
The bulk of the money will be used to groom a bigger pool of gymnasts at the grassroots level.
Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Hishammuddin Tun Hussein made the announcement of the partners for the Malaysian Gymnastics Federation (MGF) yesterday. It comes under the ministrys Taja Gemilang Programme.
UFL will contribute RM300,000 annually in cash, equipment and technical expertise.
At the signing ceremony yesterday, UFL were represented by their executive chairman, Datuk Dr Yusof Yaacob, and managing director Radha Krishan.
The MGF were represented by their deputy president, Liew Yeow Kuang, and secretary N. Shanmugarajah.
Gymnastics is the fifth sport to benefit from the ministrys programme.
The others are squash, karate, bowling and swimming.
Hishammuddin said: We hope there will be a long-standing friendship for gymnastics with UFL as they work together to promote and improve on the standard of the sport in the country.