THE Youth and Sports Ministry has been urged to provide incentives for state coaches who help athletes win medals in the local and international sports arena.
Malaysian Warriors Council (Majlis Pendekar Malaysia) president Tan Sri Omardin Mauju said incentives were important to boost morale amongst trainers.
“I have spoken about this issue many times and I think the ministry should look into this issue seriously to help boost the morale among the masters,” hesaid.
Omardin said this at a dinner organised by the Malaysia Kibokan Karate Association to recognise the achievement of three Selangor karate exponents, who participated in the recent Incheon Asian Games.
Omardin said the incentives were a form of recognition for the trainers who mould national athletes.
Also present at the event was Semenyih assemblyman Datuk Johan Abd Aziz, who concurred with Omardin and pledged to raise the issue with the Selangor state government.
“I will bring up this matter at the state assembly that will be held soon with the new Mentri Besar. I hope they will look into this request seriously,” he added.
Meanwhile, Kibokan association president M. Panneerselvam also requested funds for the association to run classes on a regular basis.
“We have students who can ill afford to pay the nominal fees we charge but show great promise. In order for us to support these children we need all the financial aid we can get,” he said.
Pannerselvam said they received a small contribution from the Sports Ministry on a regular basis but it was not enough to cover the expenses they incur.
The three athletes honoured were Syakila Salni, who won gold in the below 61kg category, Senthil Kumaran Silvarajoo, a bronze medalist in the 60kg category and Shamendran Ragunathan, who participated in the 67kg category.
Malaysia won two golds and two bronze medals for karate.
All three were given RM1,000 cash in addition to a plaque.
Kibokan also presented Omardin, a 10-Dan degree certificate for his contribution to the national martial arts scene
Rujukan Daripada The Star 5/11/2014
BY PRIYA MENON