Azalina: WAIS to prepare our athletes for 2006 Asiad

KUALA LUMPUR: The world-renowned Western Australia Institute of Sports (WAIS) will help prepare Malaysian athletes for the 2006 Doha Asian Games in Qatar. 

Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Azalina Othman Said said that the WAIS, which produces elite athletes, could help Malaysia produce world-class sportsmen and sportswomen. 

As an initial move, the National Sports Council (NSC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Nov 11 with the Western Australian government to tap their expertise. 

She said that the MoU was the outcome of the newly-formed Cabinet Committee on Sport’s decision to uplift Malaysian sports. 

Azalina, as chairman of the NSC, signed the MoU together with Western Australia’s Minister of Sports and Recreation Bob Kuchera. 

“With the MoU, we hope to see a positive development in sports, especially in sports science,” she said at the Prime Minister and Muslim Cabinet Ministers’ Aidilfitri open house at the Putra World Trade Centre here yesterday. 

“We see this as the best move and hope to benefit from the Western Australia Institute of Sports' research in sports sciences,” she added. 

The MoU would involve the transfer of technology, technical cooperation and development of sports science. 

Malaysia was keen to develop sports science and would also consult other countries with such knowledge, she said. 

“The next stop is Cuba. The Prime Minister is going to Cuba and I was directed to look at Cuba because they have lot of sports scientists there,” she added. 

Malaysia would also hone home-grown talent in the area. 

“I understand that there are seven Malaysian students doing their PhDs (doctorate) and masters in the faculty of sports science in Western Australia. The government had also sent many students and sports experts overseas for training. 

“We will use our local expertise, lecturers and universities to work with the National Sports Institute,” she added. – Bernama 

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