The Youth and Sports Development Unit under the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS) through the Coaching and Sports Development Unit, Sports Section recently organised the fifth edition of a fitness programme held virtually.
A total of 54 national and intermediate athletes from various sports attended the virtual session, which was led by national taekwondo (poomsae) coach Nurul Hannah.
Participating athletes came from sports such as pencak silat, taekwondo, athletics, cue sports, wushu, fencing, aquatics, golf and karate.
Also present were Acting Director of Youth and Sports Mariam binti Ulat and Acting Head of Sports Section Noorfaizah binti Haji Suboh.
Since the introduction of the fitness-oriented programme, each session has been conducted by a national coach under the Youth and Sports Department on a rotational basis.
The fitness programme for the year 2021 has been held four times before the country was hit with the second wave of COVID-19 infections in August.
To adjust and proceed the programme, the latest edition was done remotely in athletes’ homes with the hopes to maintain their fitness state at a maximum level.
The pandemic should not be seen as a hindrance in continuing the programme to prepare athletes in future competitions so that they will be constantly ready.
The fitness programme aims to, among others, encourage an active involvement among the Youth and Sports Department scheme community; instil a spirit of cooperation and foster closer ties among athletes, coaches and management; stimulate mindset of athletes to be remain active, productive, innovative and motivate; and form a healthy, active and disciplined young generation.
The programme, which has been planned to be carried out for nine sessions, will continue on November 7 with the remaining sessions to be held every two weeks until December 2021.