KUALA LUMPUR: The National Sports Institute (NSI) is proposing to extend its programme to students in the rural areas in its search for new sports talents in the country, said NSI chief executive officer Datuk Dr Ramlan Abdul Aziz."The NSI which has been tasked with discovering potential athletes at the grassroot level is currently working with the Education Ministry at selected schools each year.
"Of late, we have been receiving positive response from parents and students who show keen interest in sports.
"This shows that the Malaysian community has begun looking at sports as a healthy lifestyle while parents believe that sports could be a career for their children," he told Bernama today.
He said the NSI had been assigned to provide new talents for the National Sports Council to be polished as members of the national sports team.
Ramlan said the widening of its programme was in line with the 1Sport 1Student policy announced by Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, in March.
The policy is aimed at boosting the development of sports at the school level through the Schools of High Performance Sports (SPTS) programme since July 2008, particularly in nurturing outstanding students in sports.
Ramlan said students who did not make the grade in NSI's talent search programme but were keen in sports would be given further opportunities if they put in their applications.
"We are encouraging parents who are interested in moulding their children into sportsmen and sportswomen to join NSI's programme for a small fee," he said.
Interested parents can contact the NSI directly via its website http://www.isn.gov.my. -- BERNAMA