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By Brad Rantayy
MIRI, Oct 2 : Youth and Sports Assistant Minister Datuk Snowdan Lawan is optimistic that the Sarawak has the capability to realise Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg’s vision to turn the state into a sporting powerhouse of the country.
“We have capable sport coaches, aspiring athletes and good management team which I believed could help us achieve this vision,” he opined when speaking at the closing ceremony of the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) ‘D’ license coaching course held in Miri, on today.
According to Snowdan, Sarawak future to become sporting powerhouse in the country is not impossible to achieves.
Citing on Sarawak football glory days in the late 1980’s and 1990’s, when the slogan ‘Ngap Sayot’ emerged, the croc team rose as one of the most powerful team under former coach Awang Mahyan, Snowdan recalled, during that era, people were talking football and Sarawak team was once a force in football.
“We have long term planning to bring back Sarawak glorious days in sports, and football is no exception
“When our Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg mentioned that he have a vision to see Sarawak become a sport powerhouse in the country, meaning Sarawak have the potential in producing good athletes with the support of coaches in developing athletes ability,” he added.
On coaching profession, he pointed out that they also play a crucial task in producing excellent athletes.
“They must acquire knowledge affiliated with performance enhancement while preparing and developing athletes. I believed, when you are passionate in your works, you’ll able to achieve your goal,” he said.
Also present were Sarawak (FAS) deputy president Mohamad Saif Jubaidi, Malaysian former footballer Wan Jamak Wan Hassan and Mit8 Football Association president Nazri Datuk Ahmad Lai.
The six-day (FAM) ‘D’ license coaching course was held since Sept 27, and ended today (October 2), saw the participation of three women among the total of 19 participants that took part in the coaching course. – DayakDaily.