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KUALA LUMPUR, April 7 -- Sports enthusiasts and practitioners now have a chance to be directly involved in drafting the national sports development policy for this decade through the National Sports Vision (VSN) 2030 canvas.
Malaysians, regardless of cultural, geographical and economic backgrounds, will be able to give their opinions for these next 10 years through several face-to-face and virtual engagement sessions, focus group discussions and via VSN 2030 website.
Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican said his ministry wanted to hear what the public wanted and wished for, whether it’s the Olympic gold medal, the Harimau Malaya squad reaching the World Cup or Malaysian athletes dominating the international charts and rankings.
“All questions, hopes and aspirations, like the public wanting quality sports infrastructure in both urban and rural areas, a fair process in talent search without leaving anyone out, sports facilities for persons with disabilities as well as the sports industry as the new source of wealth, will be the main targets for VSN 2030.
“Thus, it means VSN 2030 is the direction and hope of all of you, all Malaysians. This canvas actually belongs to you. It belongs to everyone, let’s move forward, sketch and chart this canvas, with your voice and hopes,” he said at the virtual launch of the VSN 2030 canvas today.
With hopes of making the next 10 years a golden decade for Malaysian sports, Reezal Merican said that VSN 2030, which is expected to be launched in September, would be the beginning of ‘sports democratisation’, with openness to receiving the views and voices of all parties.
“We dream of a policy document that is always scrutinised and appreciated by the people. A ‘living’ document in the eyes and hearts of the people. A document that is embodied by every Malaysian. A walking document and policy,” he explained.
Among the key components outlined in the VSN 2030 direction are empowering the sports culture in society, sports excellence, talent identification and development, making Malaysia an international sports hub, empowering the sports industry as well as inclusivity and professionalism in sports administration.
For example, through sports excellence, it is hoped that Malaysia will continue to produce more major sports stars like Datuk Lee Chong Wei, Datuk Nicol David, Shalin Zulkifli, Pandelela Rinong, Mohd Azizulhasni Awang and Farah Ann Abdul Hadi.
Apart from obtaining information, all views, criticisms and hopes on VSN 2030 can be expressed through the www.vsn2030.my website.