The Youth and Sports Ministry is expecting for more than half a billion in the Budget 2017 to be tabled this Friday.
Its minister Khairy Jamaluddin had presented the required allocation which exceeds RM570 million to Prime Minister Najib Razak recently.
Khairy believes he will receive a positive response this Friday during the Budget 2017 tabling.
He justified that the bigger allocation is needed as Malaysia will be hosting the Sea Games and Asean Para Games in 2017.
“Roughly, hosting the Sea Games and Asean Para Games next year in addition to the preparation of our athletes for the competitions will cost slightly over RM500 million.
“This does not include the Podium Programme (for elite athletes) which will require about RM70 million,” he said.
Malaysia will be hosting the Sea Games, followed by the Asean Para Games, for the first time since 2001 next year.
Meanwhile, Khairy also added that it is important that other sports initiatives such as the National Football Development Programme (NFDP) and Junior Cycling Malaysia (JCM) should be continued.
He elaborated that the mass participation programmes such as Fit Malaysia and Hari Sukan Negara should be enhanced and upgraded as it receives well support from fellow Malaysians.
Last year, Najib approved a total of RM220 million to the Youth and Sports Ministry in the 2016 budget.