The former National Sports Council (NSC) Athletes Division director said yesterday that he planned to establish closer ties with public institutions of higher learning and government hospitals in a move to provide a more complete and efficient package in sports science and medicine.
“NSI have their own satellite centres and we need to strengthen their existing roles so that they will not only provide consultancy but service athletes at state levels.
“Athletes in the states require assistance in sports science from young.
“As such, we need to focus on the technical and tactical aspects in the respective sports,” said Ahmad Shapawi, who replaced Datuk Dr Ramlan Abdul Aziz as the CEO of the NSI.
Ahmad Shapawi said the NSI currently has satellite centres in Sarawak, Johor, Kelantan, Kedah, Penang and Pahang.
He also explained the need for private sector cooperation.
“We cannot work alone to provide the service of sports science at IPTA-level as well as in government hospitals. We need private bodies to share the responsibility with us,” he said.
“Our closest partner in the aspect of technical, logistics facility and so on are the universities in the respective states,” he said.
“I will ensure that NSI contributes to programmes carried out by the NSC to produce athletes of international quality.”