PETALING JAYA: There will be 10 sports in the SportExcel-NSC-Milo junior circuit championships this year.
The SportExcel chairman, Tunku Tan Sri Imran Tuanku Jaa’far, said that it would cost almost half-a-million (RM455,060) to stage the circuits for golf, squash, bowling, cycling, shooting, cricket, aquatics, gymnastics, tennis and sepaktakraw.
Tunku Imran, who is also the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) president, said that local sport needed support from the private sector to develop.
“Private sector help for Malaysian sport is grossly lacking and more should be done by them, especially public listed companies,” said Tunku Imran at the pledge-signing ceremony with the respective associations involved in the circuits.
“It is our dream that the junior circuits would provide a major catalyst for growth in the context of Malaysian sport. SportExcel will continue to pursue their dream.
“Our partnership remains a shining example of the government working with a non-governmental organisation such as SportExcel, to reap the fruits of success in sport.”
There will be a total of 13 circuits with two categories in golf — the open and elite circuits, which have developed and produced a strong base of up-and-coming players vying for places in the national team. Gymnastics will also be divided into two categories — for rhythmic and artistic gymnastics.
The two circuits for cycling in track and road race events have been retained.