The resounding success of national junior athletes at several local and international championships in 2016 proves Malaysia is not short of second echelon athletes said Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.
Citing the achievements during the 2016 Sukma hosted by Sarawak, Khairy said national junior athletes had shown their mettle by cracking six national records and setting 57 new Games records.
“At regional and global level, our national junior athletes emerged overall champion at the South-east Asian Athletics Championships (SYAC) 2016 with a haul of 13 gold, eight silver and eight bronze medals followed by the success of silat, wushu, diving and squash players,” he said.
Khairy was speaking at the 2016 National Sports Awards Ceremony in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday.
Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V graced the event. – Bernama