KAJANG: It is not all about winning medals. An athlete also needs to cultivate good values, which will go a long way when they are no longer competitive.
That is what Taekwondo Malaysia (TM) hoped to impart to their national trainees as they celebrated their fourth anniversary on Tuesday with a charity drive.
The national body handed out cash, toys and clothing to 60 children from the Rumah Nur Hikmah orphanage in Kajang.
TM have also decided to hand out 20 grants to schoolchildren in Kajang to allow them to attend free taekwondo training for a year (inclusive of uniform and equipment).
This is believed to be the first time a national sports body is chipping in to do their part in a corporate social responsibility (CSR) project and TM technical director R. Dhanaraj wants the state affiliates to follow suit.
“It is the first time we are doing this. Students from four schools around Kajang (SK Saujana, SK Saujana 2, SK Sri Sikamat and SMK Saujana Impian) will get training grants.
“It has been exactly four years since we were formed and if we can get half of our affiliates involved in doing the same in their own states, that’s a good start.
“It is our way of giving back to society and at the same time inculcating our national trainees with good values.
“Taekwondo is also about teaching values like discipline and being humble, after all.”
On the sporting side, TM is hoping to end an eight-year medal drought at the Asian Games in Incheon this year.
“We have identified three exponents for the Asian Games so far but the door is not closed yet.
“Those who can impress in the various competitions over the next few months will get a chance to be recommended to the Olympic Council of Malaysia. Our hope is to bring home one medal from the Asian Games,” he added.
The three who have been outstanding so far are Myanmar SEA Games silver medallist Ryan Chong, Rozaimi Rozali and Nur Dhia Shaharuddin.
There is a total of nine exponents in the senior squad, which is under South Korean Shim Hay-young and Moi Chee Keong.