KOTA KINABALU: Ministry of Youths and Sports has improved its Incentive Scheme where it is now eligible for international medal winners.
Its Minister, Datuk Tawfiq Abu Bakar Titingan, said it is still under the regulation set by National Sports Association, where only tournaments acknowledged by the sports body will be listed.
“Last year there are 22 state sports organizations who received the Incentive Scheme for international level, compared to 18 organizations in 2013. For sports organizations that are not listed in this scheme they will have to double their efforts to achieve the best management standard.
“The incentives distribution for national and international level for 2014 have also increased to RM65,612 from RM63,030 in the previous year,” he said in his speech for the 2014 Incentive Scheme Presentation Ceremony for Winning Athletes and 2015 State Sports Association Grant Presentation, here today.
Also present are Assistant Minister, Masiung Banah, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Datuk Suzanah Liaw, Sabah Sports Board Director, Datuk Louis Rampas, and Sabah Sports Council Chairman, Terence Pudin.
Tawfiq said that the government through the ministry will not let the state sports organizations to work alone, and his ministry will organize platforms for them to discuss current sports issues.
He also commended the sports organizations in the state for being clean from politicking problem as the past few years.
Focus has also been given to sports management to avoid this problem as it will affect the organization and athletes’ performance, he said.
“Only two or three sports organizations in Sabah have been identified to be in need of improvement and we hope it can be done by the end of this year,” he added. – SayangSabah
Tawfiq (third from right) presenting a cheque replica to the representative of sports organizations who are listed for the Incentive Scheme at the ceremony. – Photo Ille Tugimin
Tawfiq (Middle) Masiung (fourth from right) and Suzanah (fourth from left) doing ‘yee sang’ at the ceremony.