Sports industry plan is in final stages of development, says Ahmad Zahid

PUTRAJAYA (April 18): The Ministry of Youth and Sports (KBS) is in the final stages of developing the Sports Industry Plan, which outlines strategies and initiatives to benefit the sports industry sector and, in turn, the national economy. there is.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, who is also chairman of the Cabinet Committee on Sports Development, said the issue was taken up at the Cabinet Committee on Sports Development 1/2024 meeting which he chaired on Thursday. Ta.

“The government will place great emphasis on the growth of sport as a high-value industry.

“Based on the 2022 Sports Satellite Account Preliminary Report, the sports industry’s gross value added totaled RM19.6 billion in 2022, compared to RM17.5 billion in 2021,” he said after the meeting. said in a statement.

The conference aimed to coordinate and update the implementation system of sports development efforts and programs, including strengthening cooperation between various sectors to achieve the goal of making Malaysia a sports nation.

Meanwhile, he said the meeting also agreed to implement strategic cooperation in anti-doping education between the Malaysian Anti-Doping Agency (Adamas) and KBS with the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Higher Education and Ministry of Health.

“This strategic cooperation will benefit athletes from tertiary institutions, athletes competing in the 21st Sarawak Malaysia Games (Sukma) and Sarawak Para Sukma 2024, as well as for the implementation of ‘Kenali Ubat Anda’. It will be implemented.” [Know Your Medication] “It’s education,” he said.

Ahmad Zahid said ministries and agencies need to play their part in improving sports programs, facilities and equipment to meet the expected demographic changes in the country, which is expected to see an aging population by 2030. He said there is.

“According to Department of Statistics Malaysia (DOSM) projections, 15% of Malaysia’s population will be over 60 years old in that year,” he said.

He said the conference is also a platform where all sports-related issues can be resolved effectively, if possible.

“It can also be expanded to involve all government agencies and non-governmental organizations.” [NGOs] We aim to comprehensively empower the development of sport to create a healthy, active and prosperous society.

“The planning and implementation of this initiative will require the cooperation of all stakeholders to achieve the Government’s objectives as outlined in the National Sports Policy and National Sports Vision.” [VSN] 2030,” he said.

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