KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 10 (Bernama) - All athletes listed under the Podium Programme (PP) will be required to undergo screening for smokers, a new criteria included in the contract from next year (2018).
National Sports Institute (ISN) chairman Datuk Seri Azim Mohd Zabidi said the screening for smokers was one of the criteria for selecting athletes with the aim to produce athletes who are consistent and sustainable.
"They (athletes) must quit smoking We have devices to trace the smokers. Those found smoking must stop or leave the Podium Programme," he told reporters after the announcement of athletes under the PP from January 2018 at Dewan Perdana ISN, here today.
Meanwhile, PP director Tim Newenham said the athletes would be given six months notice to quit smoking if they choose to remain in the programme.
"The ISN will assist the athletes who plan to quit smoking. We have given them notice of this six months ago. If you are smoking, please stop. If not, the athletes can choose to leave.....