KUALA LUMPUR: The Education Ministry has formed a Sports Advisory Panel to oversee the development of sports in schools at all levels.
Yesterday, Education Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein announced the appointment of former National Sports Council (NSC) director general Datuk Wira Mazlan Ahmad as head of the advisory panel.
Hishammuddin said the advisory panel would act as a think tank to implement sports development programmes in schools for two categories – high performance sports and sports for all.
“The panel will advise in planning strategies to identify young and future talents.
“It will also work hand in hand with the relevant parties in implementing the development programmes at the school level,” Hishammuddin said at a function held at Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) in recognition of the contribution of the students during the Manila SEA Games last December.
He believes that Mazlan’s experience and expertise during his tenure at the NSC would help the Education Ministry churn out world-class athletes who will help raise the standard of sports in the country.
“The panel will comprise between five and 10 persons. I will decide on the names soon.”
Forty students from BJSS were given incentives yesterday for their contributions to the country during the Manila SEA Games in December.
Thirty-seven students from BJSS and three from Bandar Penawar Sports School took part in the SEA Games, contributing 26% of the total medals haul of 61-48-61 won by Malaysia in Manila.
The BJSS students contributed 16-9-11 while Bandar Penawar accounted for two bronzes.
The gold medallists in individual categories received RM1,000 while silver and bronze medallists were given RM750 and RM500 respectively.
Students in team events were given RM500, RM350 and RM250 for gold, silver and bronze medals respectively.
The biggest winner was rhythmic gymnast Foong Seow Ting, who received a total of RM5,500 for bagging four golds and two silvers in Manila.