Khairy urges NSC and NSI to work together

KUALA LUMPUR: It is an open secret that the National Sports Council (NSC), National Sports Institute (NSI) and Ministry of Education cannot see eye-to-eye when it comes to the planning and development of sports.

And Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaludin has had enough of this.

In launching the Talent Identification and Development (MyTID) System on Tuesday, he urged the relevant authorities to start working together to stop the rot in Malaysian sports.

To prove that the government is taking the matter seriously, Khairy announced on Tuesday a RM34mil allocation for the implementation of MyTID.

“There was a RM3mil allocation for a talent and identification programme previously but it did not work properly,” said Khairy.

“We found out that only less than 1% of those identified through the previous programme was absorbed into the Pelapis set-up. It’s not surprising why we have stagnated in sports ... we are just not doing enough.

“We are lazy when it comes to athlete development. We just hope that a top athlete is discovered through the dedication of coaches and parents.

“Talents in sports are not produced by accident.”

Khairy also called on the proper implementation of MyTID.

“I had to personally see Prime Minister (Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak) for this allocation. There is no point spending people’s money if there are no results,” said Khairy.

“It has been a data-collection exercise in the past, but we have to turn the information gathered into producing a pool of top athletes for the country.

“Sporting success does not happen overnight. The NSC and NSI must work together with all the relevant government agencies as the programme will be implemented right to the end of a student’s education life.

“No more excuses after this as my reputation is at stake if this doesn’t work.”

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