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Pay more attention to sports, says national football coach

By Tuesday September 6th, 2011 No Comments

PETALING JAYA: Sports is becoming expensive for regular people, said national football coach Datuk K. Rajagopal,

Writing in Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak’s blog for an online roundtable discussion on sports, Rajagopal said that there was a lack of space and facilities for sports in neighbourhood communities.

“Sadly, apart from the annual Family Day events, sports activities are often considered unimportant to organisations.

“Companies and organisations allocate little time and resources for employee sports programmes.

“Often the perception is that an employee who spends time playing sports will spend less time being productive,” he lamented in the discussion themed Strengthening Organisations, Institutions, Com-munity & National Integration via Sports’.

However, he said that the reality of sports was different.

“Sports activities in the workplace can boost morale and productivity.

“When people discuss major sports events or the performance of their sports teams, it helps to break hierarchical boundaries between employees and their superiors.

“Playing sports together works to improve communication between employee and boss, and between departments,” he wrote, adding that sports would also promote national integration.

In the online discussion that will close on Monday, the head coach of the Malaysian national football team asked participants for their suggestions and ideas on how sports can be implemented in a cost-effective but efficient manner in organisations or local communities.

“What can be done to make sports and sports activities more accessible to local communities and the general public?

“What can the stakeholders do to create opportunities for more sports programmes that are affordable within their respective communities?” he asked on the website.

The online roundtable discussion on sports is the 11th discussion organised by the 1Malaysia website. The sessions regularly feature prominent Malaysian personalities who will kick off the discussion.

Source : The Star

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