Thursday, November 14, 2013

NSC To Launch National Sailing League Soon

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 13 (Bernama) -- The National Sports Council (NSC) is expected to introduce the National Sailing League as a comprehensive plan to develop the sport of sailing.

NSC director-general Datuk Seri Zolkples Embong said the programme would be a platform to promote the sport and produce more talented young sailors, in tandem with the organising of the Monsoon Cup.

"The Sailing League will be organised using a league format and held in every state and the sailor with the highest points will represent the country in the Monsoon Cup, starting next year," he said in a statement, here.

Zolkples said sailing has been a sport that regularly contributes medals at international games like the SEA Games and Asian Games while national sailors had also qualified for the Olympics.

National sailor Kevin Lim qualified for the 1996 (Atlanta), 2000 (Sydney), 2004 (Athens) and 2008 (Beijing) Olympics while Mohd Khairulnizam Mohd Afendy booked his place in the 2012 London Olympics.

Zolkples said 17 elite and 20 back up sailors were currently undergoing training under five full time coaches while the NSC through the state sports councils and the Malaysian Yachting Association would set up 13 training centres throughout the country to train 249 sailors using 19 coaches.

-- BERNAMA

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