Monday, June 17, 2013

Sports Is An Economy - Rosmah

KUALA LUMPUR, June 15 (Bernama) -- Sports is not only about games and play-offs but involves real economic growth and development, said the prime minister's wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor.

She said many sporting events had demonstrated the power and magnitude of what sports economy could do in improving lives, fostering economic integration and amplifying entrepreneurship development and sustainable livelihood.

"Sports is an economy. Its contribution to the Gross Domestic Product of a country is extensive and extraordinary, and continues to grow.

"Sports also propels prolific social cohesion, nation building and bridging of eccentricities."

Rosmah said this in her speech at the opening of the two-day International Congress In Spirit and Exercise Medicine 2013, organised by the Society of Sports and Exercise Medicine Malaysia (SSEMM).

Her speech text was read out by Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Rohani Abdul Karim.

Rosmah said sports programmes had to be transformative, developmental and action-based not only to create a better life for all, but also to deliver quality athletes able to participate and compete at the highest level.

She said the continuous development in medical education including sports medicine was important in propagating the importance of exercise.

"We need to harness academic expertise in such fields as sports and exercise medicine, regenerative medicine, medical engineering, health psychology and podiatry," she added.

The international congress presents experienced speakers from more than 22 countries who are authorities in their respective fields of medical care.

-- BERNAMA

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