No gold, I go, says NSI head Khairi

Assertive: NSI chief executive Dr Mohd Khairi Zawi (right) and Podium Programme director Tim Newenham briefing the press on the new criteria for selection of athletes at the Commonwealth Hall in Bukit Jaili yesterday. — Bernama

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.”

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