The Higher Education Ministry does not see the need or relevance of setting up a Sports University.
Their argument is that eight Universities have already been identified as sports centres of excellence for netball, rugby, soccer, cricket, rowing, taekwondo, golf and swimming. (Read here)
So what is wrong with having a University dedicated purely for sports and centralising all sports in one University?
Will it not mean specialisation and a more concerted effort being taken towards the uplifting of the standard of sports in the country?
Will it not mean that sportsmen and women can look forward to a university dedicated to them to pursue their higher education, with probably a more relaxed guideline to get their degrees and emphasis on sports?
Will it not mean a means of employment for specialised sports personnel be it professors, coaches, trainers, physiotherapist etc?
Will it not mean being able to lure the best brains in sports to lecture or coach in the various fields of sports?
Will it not mean that sports science will be taken to the next level with a University dedicated to sports to do research in the various sports fields.
Universities have been for far too long been regarded as the "Graveyard of sports" and would not a Sports University change all that?
If it is important to have sports schools at the lower age-group, why is not relevant to have a Sports University.
Taking about Education Tourism, would a Sports University here in Malaysia, not be an attractive idea?
Another case of having great ideas but not prepared to take it all the way.
If financial implications is another reason for not having a Sports University, then it will be a case of penny wise, pound foolish.
Good luck to Malaysian sports! We will continue to bask in Sea Games glories!