Countries need to invest in human resource development if Malaysia is to win Olympic gold

ASAJAYA – Malaysia’s dream of winning its first Olympic gold medal may never come true unless all state governments play their part in investing in nurturing new sporting talent.

Sarawak Youth, Sports and Development Minister Datuk Seri Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah believes the responsibility of sports talent development should not be left entirely to the Youth and Sports Ministry.

“It will not be possible (to win Olympic gold) if we leave the training of talented athletes to the Ministry of Youth and Sports,” he told reporters after attending the distribution of sacrificial meat at Dewan Kampung Asajaya Ulu here today.

Commenting on a statement by Youth and Sports Minister Hanna Yeo on Saturday (June 15), Abdul Karim, who is also Asajaya Member of Parliament, called on all state governments to invest in training new talent to produce more swimmers and divers.

Hannah said so far, only Sabah and Sarawak have invested heavily in the development of the two sports.

Abdul Karim, who supported Hanna’s call, said sports excellence was one way to boost the country’s image at the international level.

“(Sports talent development) needs to be done by state governments, whether it be in the peninsula, Sabah or Sarawak, because (achieving at international level) is a matter of national pride,” he said.

Meanwhile, the minister said they are also considering setting up a centre of excellence for boxing in Sri Aman district to groom boxers to represent the state and the country.

“I acknowledge that boxing is a favourite sport for the people of Sri Aman, which is why I have ensured that boxing will be held in Sri Aman during the 2024 Malaysian Games (Sukuma) as I know there are many boxing fans there,” he said. — Bernama

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