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KOTA KINABALU, Nov 23 -- A total of RM111.47 million has been allocated for youth and sports development in Sabah this year, said state Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Ellron Alfred Angin.
Of this amount, RM24.76 million has been allocated for sports and RM86.71 million for youth development, he said.
"The state government is always concerned and serious about developing sports for the masses or high-performance sports. Apart from constructing and providing infrastructure for sports, the state government, through the Sabah Youth and Sports Ministry, also gives out annual grants to state sports associations.
"We also assist in the organisation of and participation in tournaments at state, national and international levels, giving out incentives and endorsements to sportsmen and sportswomen, sports bodies that are excellent at the national and international levels,” he said in a statement here today.
Ellron also said he was aware of the importance of sports in the development of first-class human capital. Because of that, the state government will continue to build sports infrastructure at the district, division and state levels in an effort to create a society with a culture for sports.
"An effective sports management and administration will be introduced for us to produce coaches, administrators, technical officials and athletes.
“A work culture that is focused on producing a society that is healthy, active and competitive will continue to be practised,” he added.
He said what is core towards achieving a prosperous society that is significant in nation-building must be given emphasis through the application of sports development, including through the Sabah Sports Development Strategic Plan 2021-2030.
"This plan was developed after realising the benefits that can be reaped through the advancement of science and technology in sports. The framework of the state's sports development plan will involve three main cores, namely high-performance sports, sports industry and sports for the masses,” he said.
He said they would be supported by seven strategic cores, namely sports culture, governance, smart partnership, finance, athlete development (human capital) and systematic research.
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