Thursday, 13 May 2010

Tunku Imran Laments Lack Of Corporate Support For Sportexcel Programmes

KUALA LUMPUR, May 12 (Bernama) -- Foundation for Malaysian Sporting Excellence (SportExcel) chairman Tunku Tan Sri Imran Tuanku Ja'afar Wednesday expressed disappointment over the lack of interest shown by private sector in supporting junior talent development programmes.

"Many companies prefer to put their money on matured athletes and not realising that in supporting an organisation like us, they will actually be helping the nation to nurture talent for the future.

"These companies lack vision for the future, just like many national associations which continue to live on a day-to-day existence without realising that their talent base is shrinking at an alarming pace," said Tunku Imran.

He noted that, previously, several companies had withdrawn from being part of the foundation's charter members.

He was speaking to reporters after a 'Commitment To Partnership' pledge-signing ceremony for the 2010 National Junior Circuit at the Royal Selangor Club, Bukit Kiara, here Wednesday.

Representatives from national sports associations, namely cycling, gymnastic, shooting, sepak takraw, tenpin bowling, swimming, tennis, squash, cricket and golf, endorsed their pledge.

"We will continue identifying individual companies, which we had approached. I think we had some success in one or two. Probably, we're ready for a recruiting drive for new charter members.

"The economy is improving and if this (economy situation) is sustained, we will start a major effort to get many more companies to come on board," said Tunku Imran.

Due to the current financial constrain faced by Sportexcel, Tunku Imran added that the foundation has tried to be innovative and selective in organising events for this year's junior circuit.

"This year, we will spend RM460,180 in organising 10 sports and 13 circuits. This is in contrast to the RM495,060 spent last year for the 10 sports," said Tunku Imran.

Tunku Imran said SportExcel would always have an eye on the future and would do everything possible to give hope to thousands of young athletes in the country.

-- BERNAMA

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