PETALING JAYA – The RM2 million allocated to the Junior Cycling Malaysia is for funding of its whole programme, stressed Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.
He was responding to a blog which highlighted the minimal RM30 prize, as shown on the mock cheques presented to winners who won a JCM competition in Serdang recently. The claim went viral in the social media.
Khairy said the RM2 million was for competitions including 16 races nationwide, equipment and international exposure for potential champions.
“Don’t misunderstand. The allocation is not for Serdang alone, it is for the whole programme,” he told reporters after launching the ‘Kupas Buku’ programme here Saturday.
He said the competition would be continued, with prizes in the form of sports equipment vouchers and medals.
“All this while, the competition had not offered any cash prize. So this will not become an issue or have an impact on the programme; in fact after the ‘mock check’ issue, more people will be aware of JCM,” he said.
In another development, Khairy said proactive steps had been taken by the ministry to ensure zero-doping among athletes for the 17th Southeast Asian Games.
He said he had directed the National Sports Council, Malaysian Anti-Doping Agency and sports associations to carry out doping tests regularly.
Such steps, he said had proven to be effective when two athletes were found positive after undergoing doping tests.
Earlier, the Malaysian Weightlifting Federation confirmed that two national athletes had failed the test.
The federation has issued letters to the two athletes and given them two weeks to respond. – BERNAMA