Coaches will have to sign deals with government, too

  • Other Sport
  • Thursday, 02 Mar 2006

KUALA LUMPUR: Athletes under the 2006 AsiaComm programme are not the only ones required to sign contracts with the government. The coaches are also required to do so. 

Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Azalina Othman Said said that the coaches were also seen as employees of the government and would be asked to sign contracts from next month. 

“The contracts will require them to fulfil certain responsibilities to the government,” said Azalina after a ceremony to launch Astro's sponsorship to telecast the Melbourne Commonwealth Games. 

WATCH US GO: Datuk Azalina Othman Said Sports and Youth Minister, flanked by Astro director for programming Zainir Aminullah and Tunku Tan Sri Imran Tunku Jaafar with the Malaysian team Wednesday

“We want the coaches to also commit themselves to raising the standards of their athletes by making use of the sports science facilities at the National Sports Council (NSC).” 

The Melbourne Games will be the first test for the elite athletes under the AsiaComm programme, who are in full-time training and get the benefit of overseas stints as well. 

The Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) have set a realistic target of seven gold medals. 

“There is no point in setting high targets,” said Azalina. 

“The government is looking at the performance of the athletes. There are some world-class athletes in the Games. If our athletes give their best but finish out of the medals, we will understand.” 

After the recent coverage of the Winter Olympics in Torino, Astro will be bringing the most comprehensive coverage of the Melbourne Games to Malaysian sports fans. 

There will be more than 650 hours of live and delayed telecasts on three channels for the duration of the Games from March 15-26. 

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