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PUTRAJAYA, May 3 — Athletes who are preparing to compete at the Tokyo Olympic Games this July will not be affected if the Movement Control Order (MCO) is enforced, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican said.
Speaking to reporters after attending a National Apprentice Scheme (SPN) programme with strategic and industry players here today, Reezal Merican said he was confident the athletes involved could conduct their training programmes while complying with the standard operating procedure (SOP).
“I am not concerned. This is because they (athletes) are used to all these approaches, including quarantine-based training, ‘hybrid of quarantine’ and ‘home based approach’,” he said.
Currently, Malaysia has confirmed participation at the Olympics in diving, sailing, track cycling, archery and artistic gymnastics.
According to media reports, the Health Ministry has suggested that the government implement MCO in states with high COVID-19 positive cases to curb the spread of the disease.
In addition, Reezal Merican said 115 companies have registered as SPN employers with 22 of them beginning intake of apprentices.
“I understand that there are 4,623 job positions open with 524 apprenticeships offered,” he said.
The SPN programme is a cross-ministry collaboration implemented by the Youth and Sports Ministry to improve youth marketability and to prepare training and job opportunities. It was jointly launched by Reezal Merican, Senior Minister of Works Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof and Human Resources Minister M Saravanan on July 22 last year.