PUTRAJAYA: Sports associations have welcomed the new kit for national teams to international sports events unveiled by the Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak yesterday.
The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) secretary Gangga Rao said that the new design was a big step forward for Malaysian sports.
“It will give the athletes wearing the new kit a sense of identity that they are part of an elite group when they venture overseas,” he said.
“The design is striking and the vibrant colours are intended to show a forceful image to the world.”
The Malaysian Tenpin Bowling Congress (MTBC) secretary Sidney Tung said that the “Malayan Tiger” theme would give national athletes an identity.
“Everyone will be wearing the same design and this will make us more recognisable overseas. The design is fresh and it looks good,” he said.
The Amateur Swimming Union of Malaysia secretary Edwin Chong said: “The tiger is an aggressive animal and feared by many. Hopefully, this can inspire the athletes to achieve better results in the SEA Games in Manila.”
The Squash Racquets Association of Malaysia (SRAM) secretary Wong Ah Jit said: “We support the move and we will try and use it for our teams.
“It all depends on how the design can be incorporated into our team's attire. But the colours and design are good and I'm sure it will be well-accepted by all the others sports.”
The Malaysians Hockey Federation (MHF) secretary T. Paramalingam said: “We will certainly use it for international meets. We will discuss with the NSC on how to get it done and our national teams will adopt this as the national jersey.”