KUALA LUMPUR: The National Sports Institute (NSI) are on their own now.
And NSI director general Datuk Dr Ramlan Aziz (pic) is happy with their new-found independence to serve the athletes from the grassroots to the elite level in the best possible way.
On Sept 3, the Cabinet gave the NSI the nod to become a statutory body upon the recommendation of the Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Sabri Ismail Yaakob.
NSI no longer come under the jurisdiction of the National Sports Council (NSC), who are headed by Datuk Zolkples Embong.
The NSI will now report directly to the Sports Minister.
Dr Ramlan said that the role of the NSI was better defined now.
“We can now work with greater purpose. The autonomy enables us to fulfil our potential,” said Dr Ramlan after a meeting with national No. 1 shuttler Lee Chong Wei and his coach Datuk Misbun Sidek at Stadium Juara in Bukit Kiara yesterday.
Dr Ramlan said that the NSI would continue with their objective of creating an awareness on the importance of sports science.
“We want to be able to explain scientifically why an athlete fails. And if they win, we want to record the model used so that the formula can be repeated,” he said.
“We have also formed several satellite (NSI) centres in different states in the country. We want the idea of sports science to be experienced by athletes from a younger age.”