KOTA KINABALU: Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Azalina Othman Said has asked all state exco members in charge of sports development to submit written reports on how to provide competition-standard facilities for the eight core sports identified by the Government.
Azalina said the Ministry needed to find a solution to the problem soon so as to start organising district-level competitions for such sports.
“We want to organise tournaments at district levels but the problem is the lack of suitable facilities or the facilities are not in good condition,” she said after chairing the Youth and Sports Exco Meeting here yesterday.
Sport facilities are under the care of local authorities, who might not consider it a priority to upgrade or provide ample facilities for the eight core sports – badminton, tenpin bowling, squash, gymnastics, hockey, athletics, swimming and football.
“I want the report soon so that I can take it to the Cabinet for discussion,” she said.
The Ministry is also aware that sports facilities, in general, are lacking.
“Perhaps the construction of community sports complexes can provide a solution to this,” she said.
The Government plans to build 519 such complexes in all state constituencies in an effort to identify new talents who can be groomed for national duty.
She said the building of such complexes was in line with the intention of the Cabinet committee on sports to create a sports culture among Malaysians.
On trainers for the core sports, Azalina said in-house trainers would be sent to the districts to identify locals who could be trained as coaches. – Bernama