TONTON ASTRO AWANI

PENGUNJUNG SETIA

26 Julai 2010

TWO MORE HIGH-PERFORMANCE SCHOOLS FOR MALAYSIANS IN THE PIPELINE

TANGKAK: Two more high-performance sports schools are in the pipeline in an effort to boost sports development among Malaysian students.

Deputy Education Minister Dr Puad Zarkashi said the schools would be in Kuantan and Kota Kinabalu.

“The two new projects are expected to be completed in the next two years.

“We aim to double the number of students who excel in sports from about 1,000 now to 2,000,” he said after opening the Malaysian Matriculation Colleges 10th sports carnival here yesterday.

Dr Puad said these schools focused on high-performance sports such as badminton, gymnastics and other sports, including track and field events.

He said Malaysia emerged champions at the recent Asian School Games with 46 gold medals.

The success had inspired the ministry to give more emphasis on the development of sports among students, he added.

Dr Puad also said that the ministry also planned to build a sports teachers training institute.

He said 320 teachers would start their training courses, which covered some eight events, in the middle of next year.

“We hope schools, universities and educational institutions with sports academies will continue to help produce graduates majoring in sports-related studies.

“They can produce professionals who can excel in sport sciences, management, sports diets and organising sport events,” he added.

SOURCE: THE STAR, Monday July 26, 2010

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