The sports were last month axed from the Malaysian Schools Sports Council (MSSM) calendar for this year citing cut in funds, but was ordered to be reinstated by Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who is also the Education Minister.
Judging from Muhyiddin's reaction and answer to a question as to whether the 11 sports will be held this year, on Saturday after attending the Sportswriters Association of Malaysia award, it is as good as it is all over for the 11 sports for this year!
Muhyiddin's answer to the question was: "Things cannot happen overnight and that’s something everyone must understand.”
Agreed policies, funds, infrastructure, trained coaches and equipment, cannot happen overnight.
But to reinstate the sports, which was actually already in place?
Yes, the first term is over, the calendar has already been drawn up, there is not much time left, the money has not be released, etc, etc.
We knew all that was coming and it is now confirmed..
The affected sports are bowling, squash, archery, table tennis, rugby, cricket, sailing, softball, handball, cross country and chess.
But don't worry everything will be in place next year!
All primary and secondary schoolchildren will be required to take up at least one sports.
Specially trained coaches would teach sports in schools and it will no longer be an elective co-curricular activity.
The children will earn credits for their participation.
Annual sports allocation for the 10,000 schools nationwide will be increased.
Good infrastructure, equipment and curriculum for sports will be in place.
Hail 2011 for schools sports!