Friday, January 24, 2014

Khairy Has Authority To Intervene - Zolkples

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 23 (Bernama) -- The transparent approach of Khairy Jamaluddin in engaging local sports personalities shows how serious the Youth and Sports Minister is in looking into local sports development, said National Sports Council (NSC) director-general Datuk Seri Zolkples Embong.

He said the meetings Khairy held with sports bodies or actions in intervening in the affairs of local sports associations should not be made into an issue.

This, he said was because a minister had the authority to do so as provided under the Sports Development Act to ensure national sports development was on the right track.

"He is concerned about problems faced by the associations and as the minister, he has the power over all national sports development programmes and activities.

"Should there be problems, they should be handled well so that plans could be implemented to avoid creating more problems," he told reporters after attending a Maulidur Rasul celebration procession around the National Sports Complex in Bukit Jalil here Thursday.

Zolkples was commenting on a closed-door meeting Khairy had with national professional cyclists recently to gather views and suggestions on improving the quality of the national highway cycling programme.

-- BERNAMA

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