KUALA LUMPUR: The search for champions under the Talent Identification programme (TID) conducted by the National Sports Council and the Ministry of Youth and Sports received overwhelming response from the public.
Yesterday, about 900 children, aged below 14 years, turned up for the TID programme to enable the officials to assess their capabilities in four sports football, hockey, badminton and athletics.
Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Azalina Othman Said who launched the programme at the Bukit Jalil Sports Complex yesterday said the programme is aimed at identifying and unveiling new talents amongst teens.
Through the programme, we will go to the ground to look for these potential athletes, identify them according to their sports preferences and groom them, said Azalina.
Those who attended the programme had their weights and heights measured before going through a battery of tests to determine their level of competency in certain sports.
Among the tests that the children were put through were jumping forward from a static position, 40m sprint, endurance shuttle run and jumping upwards from a static position.
According to Dr Ramlan Abdul Aziz who is the acting Director General of NSC, those with talent will then be placed in Tunas Cemerlang centres, sports schools or remain in their current schools and continue to receive expert guidance from state sports associations.
He added that football, hockey, badminton and athletics was picked as they came under the eight core sports identified by the Cabinet Committee for Sports.
We have done four similar programmes in Kok Lanas, Temerloh, Kota Kinabalu, Kuching and Ulu Bendol in Negri Sembilan and the response has been very encouraging. Bernama