Monday, February 1, 2010

Sarawak Appoints Australian Business Centre As Sports Consultant

BERNAMA February 01, 2010 17:17 PM

KUCHING, Feb 1 (Bernama) -- Sarawak has appointed Australian Business Centre (ABC) as the consultant for the state's Sports Development Master Plan Study in efforts to become a national and regional sports powerhouse by 2020, Social Development and Urbanisation Minister Datuk Seri William Mawan said Monday.

He said the ABC team, which was appointed after a due process of tender and reviews, consisted of both renowned international and local expertise in sports development study.

"It would be bold to predict how sports in Sarawak would fare in the year 2020 but we can be sure that it will be at its best when the plan that we are planning now will bear the result because the key stakeholders, representing over 40 sports associations, have responded promptly to an initial effort to audit the current sports situation in the state," he said when officiating at a workshop on the study, organised by ABC in collaboration with his ministry.

He said the overall objective of the project was to formulate a comprehensive long-term strategic plan for the state, beginning this year up to 2020, as well as a suitable action plan for immediate implementation, including providing input for the establishment of the new Sarawak Sports Corporation.

It will also identify the existing strengths and potentials of high performance sports in Sarawak besides proposing the standard guidelines for maintenance, management, promotion and marketing of all existing stadium and sports facilities as well as encourage greater grassroots participation, especially of school children.
On the sports corporation, Mawan said it would be given more autonomy over sports matters to plan programmes to uplift the level of the various sports activities while his ministry would take serious heed of the feedback and input from stakeholders of sports development as well as study findings.

He also said that the ministry believed that the involvement of other agencies, including the private sector and non-governmental bodies, was crucial, specifically in identifying talent and being a partner and sponsor in sports development.

He said local authorities which managed sport venues and facilities could play their part to allow the public, especially students, to fully utilise their facilities to make the sports master plan a success while parents could play a critical role by giving support to their children for junior sports development.

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