Monday, August 11, 2014

Khairy Ready To Quit If Glasgow Failure Was Due To Him

JITRA, Aug 9 (Bernama) -- Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin is ready to resign as minister if it was proven that the country's failure at the 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland recently was due to him.

Khairy said he was prepared to do so if the post-mortem findings and indepth studies found the nation's failure at the championships was fully due to his mistakes in making decision.

"Ask the sports associations and officers involved if I have erred, I am prepared to quit the post I held for about a year," he told reporters after opening the Kubang Pasu Umno wings delegates meeting here today.

On Thursday, he had called on sport association officers, coaches or athletes who had not performed at the Commonwealth Games to give way to others.

Meanwhile, he said the ministry has not made any final decisions on the contingent to the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea next month.

"The process will be influenced by the performance in Glasgow and I will make the rulings on contingent selection before discussing the medal targets," said Khairy.

On the selection of athletes, he said there must be the element of exposure but they would be chosen after taking into consideration their medal prospects.

"A section of the athletes will be sent based on the element of exposure as well as fulfilling several other criteria," he said.

In another development, Khairy said all Umno Youth divisions would be tabling three resolutions on maintaining harmony among the people.

"The authority needed to take stern action against any writings which insulted any religion. There is a perception that the authorities do not act promptly anddecisively.

"The second resolution is on party rejuvenation and the need for a quota of 30 per cent of election candidates and policy makers appointed to municipality councils and government-link companies from the younger generation in Umno and the third resolution is to condemn Israel," he said.

-- BERNAMA

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