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OCM lauds government’s targeted budget for stakeholders in sports

The president of the Olympic Council of Malaysia, Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Norza Zakaria, is delighted by the commitment shown by the Malaysian government in today’s budget which has taken into account the various stakeholders of the sports industry.

“We would like to thank the government for its attentiveness to the sports industry, even during these
difficult times. Particularly, the RM20 million for sports facility operators shows that the government
is sensitive to the difficulties and challenges brought on by the Covid19 pandemic.

The allocation under the TEKUN Sports scheme and the RM103 million to upgrade our sports
facilities will definitely go a long way in securing our future in sports. It will ensure that the public
will continue to have access to sports facilities once the SOPs allows it.

We also welcome the RM55 million specifically targeted for the development of elite sports and
women’s participation in sports. The inclusion of more high performances sports in this list will
definitely strengthen our grassroots development and continue our supply of talent in these sports, in
addition to ensuring continuity in our current athletes’ training and competition programs.

For sure, the development and training programs will follow the new norms but it will safeguard our
competitiveness once the pandemic subsides.

Similarly, the continuation of grassroots programs such as MyFit and the National Sports Day that
reaches the masses is even more critical as we attempt to return to some form of normalcy. Sports
have always been a key health indicator whether physically or mentally.

The “Healthy Malaysia National Agenda” and the income tax relief increase of RM500 to RM3,000
for purchases of sports equipment including competition participation fees will definitely encourage
more Malaysians to be involved in sports.

We acknowledge times are difficult. Having said that, we welcome the government’s commitment to
the entire sport industry with a budget that takes into account not just elite sports but also grassroots
sports and sport facility operators.”

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