Dormant athletics bodies to lose allocations, says Hishammuddin

KUALA LUMPUR: The Youth and Sports Ministry may withdraw allocations for state athletics associations if they fail to implement development programmes. 

The Minister Datuk Hishammuddin Hussein said the Ministry issued these allocations in the hope that the states affiliates would implement talent-scouting and development programmes. 

“With limited sponsorship and assistance, we will only focus on those (state associations) who are really serious in athletics development,” he told reporters after opening the Malaysian Amateur Athletics Union (MAAU) leadership colloqium here yesterday. 

He said the allocation provided was to help the state associations meet the costs in terms of obtaining equipment and fields, besides identifying new talent. 

“Compared to other sports, athletics is compulsory in all international sports carnivals and we must have those who are capable,” he said. 

“This task will have to be shouldered by leaders at state level as it is difficult for those at the national level to identify talent at the grassroots,” Hishammuddin said. 

“I hope there is an awareness among members to appoint leaders who are really capable of leading their state associations to success,” he said. 

Hishammuddin expressed the hope that the one-day colloqium would be the starting point for the MAAU to unearth world-beaters especially before the 2006 Asian Games in Doha, Qatar. 

When asked to name the inactive state associations, he said: “We will announce the names after we have compiled sufficient facts.  

“We will make it known to prevent us from being accused of having another agenda,” 

Working papers on athletics development and role of MAAU affliates would be tabled at the colloqium. 

Nine MAAU affliates attended the colloqium.  

Sarawak, Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang, Perlis and Kedah did not send their representatives. – Bernama 

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