Sports policy awaiting minister’s approval

KUALA LUMPUR: The review of the National Sports Policy (NSP) is complete.

The policy, which provides a direction for the development of sports in the country, is now awaiting the approval of Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek.

Youth and Sports Ministry secretary-general Datuk Mohd Yasin Mohd Salleh said yesterday that the approval of the amended and streamlined copy of the NSP had been delayed due to the change in the Ministry’s leadership during a Cabinet reshuffle in April, when Shabery replaced Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

“The final draft copy has been given to the Minister (Ahmad Shabery) and he will need some time to study it,” he said.

In March, Ismail had asked Mohd Yasin to form a committee to review and update the NSP to make it relevant to current times.

The NSP that was tabled in 1986, and approved in 1988, was deemed outdated as sports that had not been introduced then or were not popular were not included.

Ismail was supposed to have tabled it to the Cabinet Committee for Sports Development, chaired by Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, who was then the Deputy Prime Minister, for approval.

However, it was delayed to include suggestions and resolutions adopted during the Nov 12 National Sports Convention.

Mohd Yasin said it was now up to Shabery to decide whether to submit it to the Cabinet Committee for Sports Development, now chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, or to table it in the Cabinet. — Bernama

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