TAWAU: National Sports Institute (ISN) Satellite Centre needs to be expanded to other areas including the Interior and West Coast region of the state as an effort to develop Sabah sports sector.
Sabah Minister of Youth and Sports, Datuk Tawfiq Abu Bakar Titingan, said it will contribute to athletes quality since the officers assigned at the Satellite Centre are certified sports science teachers.
“I was informed that the new centre launched at this district is the 16th establishment in the country and the third in the state after Kota Kinabalu and Sandakan,” he said in his speech for the ISN Centre Launching Ceremony in Tawau Sports Complex Indoor Hall, officiated by the Minister of Youth and Sports, Khairy Jamaluddin.
According to Tawfiq, certified officers will not only provide counseling services but also act as nutritionist and therapist.
The Apas State Assemblyman (ADUN) also said that the centre establishment in the district is appropriate, as the 7th Sabah Games (SAGA) will be held on 1 to 5 June this year.
“The centre will offer four kinds of services such as physiology, exercise, physical therapy, nutrition expertise, and psychology; to benefit up to 5,000 athlete for the games (SAGA),” he said,
About 20 sports events will be held for SAGA which will be participated by 26 districts in Sabah, and other participation from Sarawak, Brunei, and North Kalimantan of Indonesia. – SayangSabah