PUTRAJAYA: The sports Talent Identification (TID) programme will be restructured to address the declining number of young world-class athletes.
The restructuring, according to the Cabinet Committee on Sports Development, would include adopting the proven National Blue Ocean Strategy (NBOS).
“The TID programme is the key to accelerating sports development in the country and raising interest in sports at the grassroots level.
“To ensure the identification is carried out systematically, the programme will be implemented through strategic partnership with the Education Ministry and other government agencies,” the committee said in a statement.
The committee held a meeting yesterday and it was chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin. Also present were Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, Housing, Local Government and Urban Wellbeing Minister Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan and Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Chua Tee Yong.
The committee also acknowledged that the “Fit Malaysia” programme, which will be launched on Sunday, could help expand the talent pool of the TID programme.
The “Fit Malaysia” programme involves strategic cooperation of all government agencies, the private sector, statutory bodies, sports associations, NGOs and all levels of society.
“It is an approach towards changing the lifestyle of Malaysians via the organisation of joint activities such as community-based walking, jogging, running, cycling, martial arts and personal fitness.
“The programme contains five cores – expanding the sports talent pool, health, solidarity, inclusiveness and community,” it said.
The “Fit Malaysia” programme will be launched at Dataran Merdeka while the state-level programme will be held at Dataran Pahlawan, Malacca, on Sept 14 and Padang Awam Tanjung Lipat, Sabah (Sept 21).
Dates for other states will be announced soon.