ADVISER to sports minister Datuk Dr Ramlan Aziz will return to his old position as National Sports Institute (NSI) chief executive officer. The announcement was made during the Youth and Sports Ministry’s retreat in Port Dickson yesterday.
The ministry immediately issued a press release after the announcement was made.
NSI CEO Ahmad Shapawi Ismail, meanwhile, was named Sports Commissioner (SC). The duo will start work in their respective offices on June 17.
Mailsport, in its backpage report “Home Sweet Home” yesterday, had revealed Dr Ramlan would head NSI while Ahmad Shapawi was tipped for the SC’s office ahead of the official announcement.
Plans to oust Dr Ramlan from the hot seat started in March last year and he was officially replaced by Ahmad Shapawi in August.
The former National Sports Council (NSC) director-general was then made Anti-Doping Agency Malaysia chief and adviser to the Sports Minister.
“I thank the minister (Khairy Jamaluddin) for placing his faith in me. Much work needs to be done and many things to look into,” said Dr Ramlan.
“The co-operation of my NSI colleagues and other agencies, including NSC, is most essential.”
Ahmad Shapawi, meanwhile, is looking forward to play a bigger role in the SC’s office (SCO).
“I hope I have contributed something at NSI despite my short stint there,” said Ahmad Shapawi.
“Ramlan deserves to return to NSI and I hope he will be able to carry out what little I have done during my time.”
Ahmad Shapawi is no stranger to the SCO, having played an active role in drafting the Sports Development Act 1997. The SCO is in the midst of reworking the Act.
by Haresh Deol - Malay Mail