Proposal to set up a sports university rejected

Datuk Zolkples Embong

KUALA LUMPUR: Higher Education Ministry has turned down a proposal to set up a sports university, since eight Higher Education Institutions (IPT) had been identified as excellence centres for the development of sports.

The Ministry’s sports division principal assistant secretary Ahmad Naim Ismail said a resolution for setting up a sports university as proposed during the National Sports Convention held last year would not be required.

“Higher Education Ministry feels the setting up of a sports university is not relevant for the time being,” said Naim when presenting a paper at the two-day National Sports Convention 2009 held at Putra World Trade Centre here yesterday.

Naim said the eight IPTs identified as excellence centres were Universiti Malaya (netball), Universiti Putra Malaysia (rugby), Universiti Teknologi Mara (football), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (cricket), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (rowing), Universiti Malaysia Sabah (taekwondo), Universiti Utara Malaysia (golf) and Universiti Sains Malaysia (swimming).

Another resolution turned down was the setting up of a salary scheme for athletes since it would have a big financial implication, said National Sports Council (NSC) directorgeneral Datuk Zolkples Embong.

Zolkples said however, a number of athletes had been offered employment with NSC on a contract basis, and athletes given flexibility to train full time.

“Athletes who won medals in the Olympics also stand to benefit from a permanent incentive scheme that has been introduced. Currently there are six athletes who receive incentives under the scheme,” said Zolkples who presented a paper on high performance sports.

Apart from the permanent incentive scheme for the Olympics, athletes were also rewarded through incentives schemes for Olympic medal winners, medal winners at regional games, Asian Games, Commonwealth Games, world-class events for seniors and juniors, as well as rewards for coaches, said Zolkples.

He added that NSC had also set eight and 10 gold medal targets for next year’s Asian Games in Guangzhou, China and the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, India respectively. — Bernama

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