MCO: YAKEB TO DISTRIBUTE RM100,000 TO FORMER ATHLETES

KARINA IMRAN

KUALA LUMPUR, March 21 (Bernama) -- The National Athletes Welfare Foundation (Yakeb) will distribute the RM100,000 allocation given by the Ministry of Youth and Sports (KBS) to assist affected former athletes during the implementation of the Movement Control Order (MCO) from March 18 to 31 to curb the COVID-19 outbreak.

Expressing his appreciation to the KBS, Yakeb chairman Datuk Noorul Ariffin Abdul Majeed said they were now scrutinising their list of members to give priority to those most affected by the implementation of the MCO.

“Those who open stalls or work on their own, cannot continue with their jobs, we will assist them as soon as possible. I believe that all former athletes require assistance,” he told Bernama when contacted.

He said Yakeb has also sent a short messaging service (SMS) to all its 2,875 registered members on the government's efforts to ease the burden of athletes.

“For now, there is no report of Yakeb members being tested positive for COVID-19 and we have advised our former athletes to immediately inform Yakeb should they be infected with the disease,” he added.

Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican yesterday announced an allocation of RM100,000 fro Yakeb under the ministry’s seven initiatives to support and assist needy former athletes during MCO.

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