PORT DICKSON: The three sports recently reinstated to being contested at this year’s Malaysia Games (Sukma) will still be off the National Sports Council’s (NSC) list of core sports.
Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, said the decision made by the Sukma Games’ supreme committee to reinstate taekwondo, weightlifting and sepak takraw following appeals from the respective state sports councils, does not mean that the three sports would be returned to NSC's core sports list.
"The reinstatement is only valid for the Sukma Games to be held in Perak, later this year. These three sports will still be off NSC's programme and have their funds revoked, which means they are expected to manage and run their associations independently," he said.
Khairy added, the reinstatement of the three sports for the Sukma Games was made based on several conditions that were agreed upon by the three associations.
"For taekwondo, they must give opportunities to athletes that are not from the Malaysia Taekwondo Association (MTA) to participate in the national championship.
“For weightlifting, they have to ensure that there are no more doping cases for the Sukma Games or any other sporting events. We will not tolerate any problems or issues and if even one case is recorded then they’ll be out of Sukma in the future," he said.
He added, as for sepak takraw, the Malaysian Sepak Takraw Association (STAM) had met with the Sports Ministry and agreed to reshuffle their organisational management and provide long-term development programmes to improve the performance of the sport at each and every age group level.
"The recent announcement of these sports being dropped from the Sukma Games was a wake-up call. I hope this will be a new turning point for these sports to come back stronger and improve their performance in their respective categories," said Khairy when met after the launch of the state-level 2018 Fit Malaysia that was held here earlier today.
Also present was state tourism committee chairman Datuk Tun Hairudin Abu Bakar.
A total of 15,000 participants took part in the programme held at Batu 1 here, with activities such as cycling, running and aerobics organized for the benefit of the participants.
Khairy said that he was satisfied with the overwhelming response from the people of Negri Sembilan and the massive response towards the programme indicated an increasing awareness on a the need for a healthier lifestyle among the local community.