ISKANDAR PUTERI, Feb 6 (Bernama) -- To hone new talent for the future of Malaysian handball is Malaysian Amateur Handball Federation (MAHF) president Pandak Ahmad’s new mission after being re-elected to the post on Feb 1.
Pandak, who was association president from 2011 to 2016 before being replaced by Tunku Masera Zahira Iskandariah Almarhum Sultan Iskandar, regards his reappointment as a mandate given to revive the image of the sport.
He noted that this has become more timely after handball was dropped from the 2020 Malaysia Games (SUKMA 2020), which Johor is hosting in July.
"We are disappointed (because the sport has been dropped from SUKMA) because performance wise, handball has been good, even at the grassroots level. We are the sport that received the most award in terms of excellence, activeness and others," he said when met on Wednesday.
In this regard, he said the association would further develop player development programmes at the state level especially for teenagers and students.
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"We are targeting much younger players, based on history, for example, Thailand...how Thailand became a powerhouse in Asia and Southeast Asia because they started from the bottom.
"So, we're going to organise the programmes according to the calendar. Secondly, we will also focus on conducting courses for coaching, referees and others," he said.
Pandak added that he would also start the search for new talent for the national team, starting with the Sarawak Chief Minister’s Cup Handball Championship next month.
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