Rangkaian Khidmat Awam Negeri Sarawak
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KPSU to Hunt for Young Sprinters Young Sprinters

The State’s Ministry of Social Development and Urbanisation (KPSU) is on the look out for young sprinters to be trained as professional sportsmen for the upcoming sports events in the country. It is part of the ministry’s plan going towards building the state’s sports machinery in the near future.

A reliable source from KPSU confirmed that the “sprint project” to identify young students with talents and quality as a runner, has immediately kicked-off.

The hunt will start in Kuching and Miri and to be carried out to other divisions throughout the state after that. Eyeing for young school children of primary and lower secondary schools in rural and urban areas, it is welcomed to former sprinters who have contributed towards the state’s or country’s sports development, to assist in term of coaching the young runners or giving consultation as well as moral supports.

Thus, there will be certain criteria to be followed, which would be determined by the Sarawak Amateur Athletics Association (SAAA) It is believed that Sarawak has a lot of potential sportsmen whose talent have not been really polished or discovered yet and therefore, KPSU will embark on the plan, which is based on the minister, Datuk William Mawan Ikom’s recent announcement on considering the setting-up of sports academy.

In his announcement, he said, KPSU would embark on a comprehensive study on sports development in Sarawak soon. Experienced consultants would be appointed to carry out the study and to review the strengths and weaknesses in the present system governing sports in the State. The consultants would also draw up development strategies as well as an effective system of management to produce top class athletes.

The sports academy would focus on the development of sports science, an institutional move that would contribute towards the development and management of sports as an industry as much as a people-based activity in the long term. Mawan, who would be consulting the Chief Minister on his ministry’s plan and goals also said that the present infrastructure and facilities for sports in the state shall be reviewed and improved, whereby the study should serve as a bigger revamping exercise to streamline management of sports in line with the recent initiatives by the Federal Government.

Eight sports have been identified by the Cabinet Committee on Sports, headed by Deputy Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, to be involved in its extensive development programme, to achieve excellence in the international arena. The sports are: badminton, squash, bowling, gymnastics, aquatics, athletes, hockey and football.

The deputy prime minister said, besides providing funds, the Government would be directly involved in the development of these sports in order to win honours for the country in major international events. Mawan, who agreed with Najib’s statement said, support must be provided for four main areas for
sports development, which include, employment of professional staff, finance, infrastructure for training and accountability.

Mawan believed that with the revamped system of sport management, it would be able to bring in new talents from far including schools in the interior. Hoping to see sports official and coaches going to schools to organise programmes and conduct clinics, he is optimistic that he future of state’s sports is very bright for as long as it is moving in the right direction and on the right track.

For the record, Sarawak has been three-times champion for SUKMA (Malaysian Sports) in 1990, 1992 and 1994. However, much earlier than these years, Sarawak has already shown its talents in sports especially in athletics. In 1964’s Tokyo Olympic Games, a local named Kuda Ditta, was the first ever Sarawak-born athlete to qualify for the prestigious games. Later, more sports talents emerged such as Solomon Ismanto, Bujang Taha, Ballang Lasung, Gladys Chai, Albert Blassan, William Yeo and Suhaili Yusuf. The next generation of Sarawakian Athletes came into sports scene like, Jong Nyan
Chong, Jessica Lau, Lee Chiew Ha, Suhairi Salem, Wong Tee Kui (Athletics), Jong Su Ting, Hii Ding Kiong.

Most popularly remembered are names like, Watson Nyambek and Sapok Biki, who had done Sarawak proud with their record-breaking feat. Watson who broke the National record of 10.46 seconds created by Dr. M. Jegathesan, clocked 10.38 seconds in the 100 metres sprint. Meanwhile, Sapok, presented the nation with lorious moment for being the first Malaysian ever to win a gold medal in Boxing in the Commonwealth Games held in Kuala Lumpur in 1998.
 
 



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