Selangor Journal
State executive councillor for youth and sports development Mohd Khairuddin Othman speaks during the Selangor State Legislative Assembly sitting, on November 23, 2022. — Picture by FIKRI YUSOF/SELANGORKINI

State plans to offer wage scheme for full-time athletes

By Zareef Muzammil

SHAH ALAM, Nov 23 — The state government is planning to introduce a wage scheme for aspiring athletes to ensure they could commit to full-time training, says state executive councillor for youth development Mohd Khairuddin Othman.

He said the incentive would be dedicated to sports that offer more than 15 gold medals in the 2024 National Games (Sukma) including athletics, swimming, shooting, wushu and cycling.

“We will coordinate further discussions with coaches and the state’s sports association to identify additional elements needed to ensure we could achieve our medal target in the 2024 National Games.

“Continuous improvements will be made periodically to ensure we could soar higher by focusing on all sporting events in the next Sukma,” he said during the question-and-answer session at the Selangor State Legislative Assembly here today.

He was responding to a query from Kampung Tunku state assemblyman Lim Yi Wei.

Mohd Khairuddin added that technological advancements and sports science are being emphasised as a way to help the contingent perform better.

He said some improvements have been made in the coaching aspects including identifying full-time coaches, either from local or foreign nationalities, to ensure they could polish the athletes’ skills to a global level.

“Aside from considering their experience, all coaches have to use and adopt sports science as well as technology advancement in the athletes’ training programmes,” he said.

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