All geared up for Na­tional Sports Day

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PUTRAJAYA: There is a spe­cial twist to this year’s Na­tional Sports Day (NSD).

In­stead of the Youth and Sports Min­istry or­gan­is­ing the bulk of the ac­tiv­i­ties, the onus is on the peo­ple to carry out their own ac­tiv­i­ties.

The min­istry’s deputy di­rec­tor-gen­eral (sports de­vel­op­ment), Mohd Azhari Mohammad, said it had em­pow­ered the pub­lic to or­gan­ise sports ac­tiv­i­ties.

He said the pub­lic was en­cour­aged to reg­is­ter their pro­grammes at www.harisukan ne­gara.my.

“We have more than 2,000 ac­tiv­i­ties that have reg­is­tered with us and we be­lieve the num­ber is higher if we take into ac­count the un­reg­is­tered ones.

“This year is spe­cial be­cause we are in­ject­ing the spirit of vol­un­teer­ing to be ac­tive in sport­ing ac­tiv­i­ties,” he said.

Present were Na­tional Sports Day Sec­re­tariat head Mohsi­nar Ab­dul Malek, Malaysia Youth Coun­cil sec­re­tary-gen­eral Ah­mad Sa­parudin Yusup, In­ter­na­tional Youth Cen­tre di­rec­tor Dr Mo­hamed Ma­liki Mo­hamed Rapiee as well as ath­letes S.L. Kar­ishma (netball) and Abd Latif Romly (long jump).

Since most of this year’s NSD ac­tiv­i­ties were car­ried out on a vol­un­tary ba­sis, the min­istry did not set any par­tic­i­pa­tion tar­gets, said Azhari.

In­stead, he en­cour­aged the or­gan­is­ers who had reg­is­tered their sports ac­tiv­i­ties to do a head count and share the in­for­ma­tion with the NSD sec­re­tariat so that the min­istry could get a rough es­ti­mate of the num­ber of par­tic­i­pants and gauge the peo­ple’s en­thu­si­asm for sports.

“We also urge the pub­lic to share their ac­tiv­i­ties via pic­tures or videos dur­ing the Na­tional Sport Day un­der four hash­tags — #Ne­garakuBer­sukan, #JomTu­runPadang, #GetYourGameOn and #HSN2017.”

He said there had been great ex­cite­ment among the peo­ple about sport­ing ac­tiv­i­ties since

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