KUALA LUMPUR: National sports associations (NSA) must not rely on handouts from the government but instead strive to source their own finances, said Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek.
NSAs must work hard to build the confidence and convince the people, especially corporate bodies that they are able to produce talented athletes through structured development programmes.
“If they (NSAs) can do that, only then will corporate companies come forward to sponsor their activities or provide financial assistance,” he told Bernama after visiting National Sports Council director-general Datuk Zolkples Embong who underwent a successful bypass operation yesterday.
Shabery, in response to calls from NSAs who want Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) to play a more effective role in areas of finance, said those leading NSAs must also find ways and means to source for finance.
“I would also like to congratulate OCM president Tan Sri Tunku Imran Tuanku Ja’afar and his team for their success in the recent OCM elections. What I expect is a better relationship and cooperation between OCM and the government, for the betterment of sports in the country,” he said.
Shabery said he would meet OCM office-bearers soon to discuss areas that both can work together. He also added that the proposed University for Sports would be set up soon to overcome a shortage of experts in sports.
“The setting up of the university will not only benefit in producing talented athletes but will also help produce experts in the field of sports,” he said. — Bernama