Thursday, June 06, 2013

Organising Major Sports Events Can Inspire Sports Culture Among The People - Khairy

PUTRAJAYA, June 5 (Bernama) -- Organising major sports events can help inspire sports culture among the people and ensure a healthy lifestyle said Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.

Khairy said the Tour of Malaysia cycling race organised since 1963, for example, can encourage more people to take the sport in a more competitive way or just for recreation purposes.

"A study carried out by a world renown medical journal, The Lancet, revealed that 61 percent of adults in Malaysia do not engage themselves in active sports.

"A study by the Health Ministry revealed that only 25 percent of Malaysians exercise," he said in his speech when launching the 2013 Tour of Malaysia (Jelajah Malaysia) at the Youth and Sports Ministry, here, Wednesday.

"Cycling, though not as popular here as in countries like Denmark, the activity is becoming popular among the people as can be seen through an increase in sale of bicycles for recreation," he said.

He said the Tour of Malaysia which involves five stages, would be held from June 26 to 30, with the first stage kicking off from the National Sports Council in Bukit Jalil to Rembau (Negeri Sembilan), a distance of 187.7km.

"This time around, the organisers are taking the tour south, especially from Kuala Lumpur to Selangor, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor, to give an opportunity to people in these states to watch the action," said Khairy.

The tour, organised by the Malaysian National Cycling Federation (MNCF) will focus states in the south since the organisers of the Le Tour de Langkawi (LTdL) had focused on states in the north.

Meanwhile, the second stage of the 2.2 Hors Status race that is sanctioned by the International Cycling Union (UCI) would feature Rembau-Batu Pahat, Johor (197.6km); Batu Pahat-Pontian (94.7km); Johor Baharu-Melaka (206.3km) and Melaka-Putrajaya (169.8km).

-- BERNAMA

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