NSC refutes claims of favouritism after Karate Federation secretary speaks out

Datuk Ahmad Shapawi Ismail. -filepic

KUALA LUMPUR: The National Sports Council (NSC) refutes claims that it practices favouritism when dealing with national sports bodies.

This comes after Malaysian Karate Federation (Makaf) secretary Datuk Nur Azmi Ahmad said he was disappointed with the treatment given to Makaf by NSC and wanted the government agency to be fair to all national sports bodies.

He felt local coaches could have been given better salary deals when they had already helped the country achieve outstanding results in competitions.

NSC director-general Datuk Ahmad Shapawi Ismail, in a statement Friday (March 5), said that NSC did not intervene in the Makaf's decision-making process.

"It was Makaf who decided not to continue with Iranian coach Ali Reza Souleymani because of their internal problems and we respect their decision.

"Subsequently, Makaf decided to take in former national exponent R. Puvaneswaran, who was formerly the coach for the back-up squad before his contract was not renewed by Makaf.

"After he ended his services with the Thailand national side, Makaf decided to bring Puvaneswaran back and we also respected that decision," he said.

Commenting further, Shapawi said NSC has to abide by the guidelines under the National Coaches Certification Scheme when it comes to the salary scale of local coaches.

"Makaf are aware of this. We welcome Makaf to put up additional incentives to the coaches as other sports associations have done based on their own financial capabilities.

"We will discuss with Makaf again on this matter through the working committee meeting expected to take place by next month," he added.

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