Top of Khairy’s priority is to prepare the athletes to challenge for gold medals at the SEA Games, Asian Games, Commonwealth Games and the Olympics.
Then, he wants to ensure proper ground work to maximise the talent development programmes.
This is to produce a wider pool of athletes and empower the coaching development programmes to complement the development of athletes in the country.
“Our emphasis is still on the country’s ability to win golds at all the Games.
“But we must also work hard on the development programmes to churn out more talented athletes.
“Some people see winning golds as the yardstick to success … but don’t forget that development is equally important,” said Khairy, during his official visit to the National Sports Council (NSC) in Bukit Jalil yesterday.
“We cannot just rely on the current batch of athletes.
“We need to see in 10 or 15 years’ time whether we can still be medal winners or not.”
He envisioned Malaysia to be a sporting nation like Australia or New Zealand in the future.
“Australia and even New Zealand, with a fewer population than us, excel in certain sports in the world.
“Being a small nation is not a reason not to excel in sports.
“We want to be a nation that is not only good in being sports critics but equally good in the sports we play,” he said.
Khairy also announced that another long-term plan, over eight years, is in the pipeline.
“You can count on me to support you (athletes).
“I, as the minister, will be the No. 1 fan for all our athletes,” he said.