ABC collaboration may be extended, says Mawan

KUCHING: Sarawak are likely to extend their 10-year collaboration with the Australian Business Centre (ABC) on the implementation of a Master Sports Development Plan for the state.

Dato Sri William Mawan

Social Development and Urbanisation Minister Dato Sri William Mawan said Sarawak might have to spend more time with the consultants on setting up a comprehensive structure aimed at making Sarawak a regional sports powerhouse by 2020.

“In fact, we want the whole sports development system in Australia brought to Sarawak.

“It may sound impossible but we are determined to make it possible. We have seen its implementation during our recent visits Down Under.”

Mawan said the ABC had developed a tremendous sports development framework in Australia, adding that they are considered one of the most successful sports consultants in the world.

“The programme drawn by ABC is a huge milestone for Australian sports development. Their excellent track record has been proven by Australia’s involvement and achievements in the Olympics, the Commonwealth Games and other international meets.”

According to Mawan, the sports affiliates in Australia are inclined more towards club-based associations, spanning from the western to the eastern states (Darwin to Sydney) and thus, making it easier for them to pick the best athletes to represent their country.

“We need to keep this on the radar. Even if we were to adopt the programme successfully and produce the finest athletes within the specified 10-year period, we still have to keep in touch with ABC.

“By then, we may need their expertise and advice from a different perspective.”

The Master Plan, mooted by ABC, aims to put in place a comprehensive long-term (2010-2020) sports development strategy to identify the strengths and weaknesses of high performance sports in Sarawak.

The Plan includes standard guidelines for maintenance, management, promotion and marketing of all existing stadia and sports facilities in the state, and grassroots participation in sports for all age  groups, especially school children.

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