FAM temporarily suspends naturalization program at national level — Adam Adri

KUALA LUMPUR (March 4): Football Association Malaysia (FAM) has temporarily suspended the player naturalization program at the national level, said Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports Adam Adli Abdul Halim.

He said this was to focus on the development of local players and direct efforts to improve football performance across the country.

To this end, the ministry said it is working with FAM through the National Sports Council (MSN) to establish a national football development program starting in 2014, focusing on players between the ages of 7 and 17.

“This program is a long-term strategic plan that outlines nine initiatives to develop a new generation of players who can compete not only at Asian level but also at the World Cup.

“We currently have 16,228 athletes and 767 coaches from 63 Akademi Tuna, 63 district training centers and 14 state sports.” [centres] and the Malaysian Sports School,” he said during a question and answer session at the Dewan Rakyat on Monday.

He wanted to know the number of players who were granted citizenship to represent Malaysia in the recent Asian Cup and FAM’s efforts to promote the sport, including whether to continue with the Asian Cup. In response to the first question from Tse (PH-Tebrau), he said: Naturalization policy.

However, Adam Adli said football clubs affiliated with the Malaysian Football League (MFL) may continue with their programs in accordance with the protocols and procedures set by the government.

Regarding the participation of naturalized players in the Asian Cup to be held in Doha, Qatar, he said that the national team includes four naturalized players and seven mixed-race players with family ties to Malaysians.

Afnan Hamimi Taib Azamudden (PN-Alor Setar) on the government’s efforts to prevent a repeat of the unfortunate incident that recently happened to Terengganu silat leader Wan Muhammad Haykal Wan Hussin. In response to additional questions, he said KBS would certainly respond. All standard operating procedures (SOPs) related to high-risk sports will be further strengthened.

“We are currently not responsible for [incident] It doesn’t matter what organization it is, but from the perspective of never allowing an incident like this to happen again, the organizer must also ensure that the SOP is strictly adhered to.

“This will need to be coordinated with the Sports Commissioner and we will also ensure compliance with the SOPs, the Safe Sports Code, which includes organizers’ responsibilities in providing safe spaces and mitigating certain risks. “We launched it,” he said.

Wan Muhammad Haikal, who was participating in the Malaysian Games (Sukuma) pre-selection tournament held in Seremban, Negeri Sembilan on Sunday, was knocked unconscious by an opponent’s kick and while receiving treatment in Tuanku. It was reported that he was confirmed dead. Jaafar Hospital, Seremban.

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