02 August 2007

Malaysia talent ID programme

Bukit Jalil and Bandar Penawar schools urged to improve results@the star online

Malaysia’s two sports schools in Bukit Jalil and Bandar Penawar have been urged to improve their achievements and gain worldwide recognition as a model for academic and sporting excellence.

The Minister yesterday launched the School High Performance Sports Programme, which will target at identifying talented schoolchildren in the lower age groups and groom them into champions.

The programme is divided into three categories. The first involves strengthening the fabrics of the existing two sports schools and ensuring the three new schools to be built will also have good programmes in place, initiating exchange programmes with sports schools from other countries and finally a programme for schools at the grassroots level throughout Malaysia.

Hishammuddin said that for the moment eight sports would be selected to be the core sports under the programme.

They are artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, diving, hockey, athletics, sepaktakraw, badminton and football.

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