Monday, 24 August 2009

Call for proper junior development programmes

KUALA LUMPUR: Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) president Tan Sri Tunku Imran Tuanku Jaafar has warned national sports organisations not to rest on their laurels.

Stressing the need for good development programmes, Tunku Imran, who is also SportExcel chairman, said there were not enough talents in many individual sports today.

“In some sports, we have world champions. But there are very few that you can name as their potential successors.

“The gap between the leading players and the rest of the field is big and it’s getting wider,” he said.

He encouraged sport organisations to emulate the Squash Racquets Association of Malaysia (SRAM) and Malaysian Tenpin Bowling Congress’ (MTBC) junior development programmes.

He said that for example, junior squash players were sent to many international assignments for exposure.

“Most associations have their own junior programmes but the question is are they good enough to create a pool of potential world champions?,” he asked.

“With good development programmes, I’m sure we can produce world class players.” THE STAR

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