BY: Patrick Beech
In an effort to promote the sports culture in Malaysia through comprehensive, integrated and collective initiatives, the National Sports Vision 2030 was launched on Saturday (Oct 8).
It was launched by Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaacob who said VSN2030 would provide a breath of fresh air to the national sports arena.
It adopts the concept of 'From the Community to the Community' (Daripada Komuniti Kepada Komuniti) involving the Malaysian Family to draw up the country's sports strategies.
VSN2030 was drawn up with the concept of democracy in sports with openness to listen to views and voices of all parties, he said.
"The document will be reviewed from time to time to ensure that it remains relevant in driving the sports industry to continue to excel until 2030."
Ismail Sabri said the Youth and Sports Ministry has been requested to further enhance sports culture and achievement through proactive efforts.
This, he said, includes providing scholarships and opportunities for outstanding athletes who win international championships, starting from the Malaysia Games (Sukma) to the international level recognised by the government to further their studies.
"Sports facilities will also be upgraded to increase access in sports facilities, consequently increasing Malaysians involvement to be active in sports.
"Together, let's support efforts to make Malaysia a sports nation, with the target of at least two-thirds of Malaysians exercising and being active in sports at least five sessions a week and 30 minutes per session," he said.
At the same time, skilled former athletes would also be considered as sports and educational coaches and involved in the search of sports talents at the grassroots level through the My Talent Identification (MyTID).