PUTRAJAYA: The National Sports Council (NSC) will have offices in all states in the near future to streamline sports development in the country.
Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Azalina Othman Said yesterday said that until now, the states except for Kelantan, only had NSC representatives who were not effective in coordinating the sport development programmes.
“In Kelantan, NSC have their own office. We will open offices in all the other states so that sports development activities can be managed better,” she said after chairing the first meeting of NSC's new management board at the ministry here.
Azalina said the lack of effective coordination between the NSC and the states had resulted in the loss of athletes who had potential at the national and international levels.
“Athletes come from the states. When they join national squads they become the property of the nation. We need the state offices so that athletes are not lost at the state level,” she said.
Azalina, who is also the chairman of the NSC management board, urged the board members appointed for the 2005-2007 term to be more proactive in discharging their responsibilities.
The new faces for the term beginning May 1 are Acting Sports Advisory Panel chairman Philip Chan; Sabah Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun; Kedah's Sungai Tiang state assembly member Suraya Yaakob; Selama and Larut Matang Football Association president Datuk Abdullah Hishan Hashim; sports scientist Dr Lee Chee Pheng and Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) sports lecturer Dr Rabinderajeet Singh.
Those reappointed are Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) president Tunku Tan Sri Imran Tuanku Ja'afar; steering committee chairman for the eight core sports Tan Sri Mohd Noordin Hassan; Youth and Sports Ministry secretary general Datuk Nik Mahmud Nik Yusof; and Finance Ministry representative Zamzuri Abdul Aziz. – Bernama