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New State Training Centres for able, disabled athletes

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TOWARDS SPORTS DEVELOPMENT … Awang Damit (3rd row, 7th right), and other officials pose for a group picture together with the para athletes and coaches after the programme's launching ceremony.

19th May, 2017

By UMESH RAJAN

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah has established new State Training Centres to help with the development of both able and disabled state athletes in six different sports.

This was announced by Youth and Sports Minister, Datuk Tawfiq Abu Bakar Titingan during the launching ceremony of the Sabah Paralympic Training Centre and State Athletes Development Programme at the Department of Youth and Sports Sabah (JBSS) in Putatan, yesterday.

In his speech delivered by the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Awang Damit Awang Anak, the establishment of the training centres with the assistance of the National Sports Council, will be the first step for grassroots sports development either for able or disabled athletes.

“I was notified that two centres will be open at the Sabah Sports School for archery and weightlifting, while training centres for badminton, athletics, table tennis and swimming will be decided later on.

“Seven coaches have been appointed by the National Sports Council to overlook the development of each sport in order to have the best pool of back-up athletes for the future,” he said.

A total of 59 state para athletes were selected for the state back-up athletes programme under the supervision of the National Sports Council where Tawfiq hopes that the Paralympic contingent will continue to contribute at the international level.

“We are putting high hopes on the programme to provide inspiration to other districts around the state to continue supporting the National Sports Development programme where we are hoping to send at least 30 state para athletes to the 9th Asean Para Games in Kuala Lumpur, in September.

“I also urge the Sabah Sports Council to continue to carry out programmes that are able to produce quality athletes in the future who will one day shine on the big stage such as the Olympics,” he added.

In related news, the Youth and Sports Ministry announced that two sports complexes will be built in the Papar district as part of the Ministry’s effort to improve Sabah’s sports development and its facilities.

The sports complexes will be located in Bongawan and Beringgis under the name of Papar Sports Complex where construction will take place as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, around 60 disabled children will take part in the Inspire i-Talent Programme where according to programme coordinator, Azman Ariff Shah, the programme is to unearth raw talents at the grassroots level among special children aged 10 years and above.

“It is not only open to children but disabled youths have also joined the programme where we will undergo several tests to measure each of the participants’ strength and abilities.

“After the tests, they are going to be placed under their relative special categories for more specific training routines during the i-Train Programme later in the year,” said the JBSS Para Sports Development Officer.

Azman stated that the participants selected have no official athletics background but have the interest for sports where they are from special education schools as well as from University Malaysia Sabah (UMS).

   
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