BUKIT JALIL: Dr Mohd Khairi Zawi has promised to resign as the National Sports Institute (NSI) chief executive officer if athletes under the Podium Programme fail to win a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.
“If we miss the gold medal in Tokyo, to me, it only goes to show the lack of my leadership. I will take responsibility (for it),” said the 53-year-old Khairi.
“I believe it is the responsible step and I have no second thoughts about that.”
The multi-million ringgit Podium Programme, which comprises 97 athletes from 21 sports and has 43 sports science experts, is headed by director Tim Newenham.
“I am confident that I have a dedicated and competent team under Tim and they are taking all the right steps to achieve success at the Tokyo Games,” said Khairi, who holds a doctorate and Master’s degree in human skills performance.
Asked if National Sports Association (NSA) leaders should follow him and step down as well, he just smiled and said: “That’s entirely up to them, but the NSAs are also responsible in producing good athletes.
“They produce athletes and we make the athletes better through our sports science.”