Our athletes are our heroes. Heck, even their tracksuit, designed by our local maestro Melinda Looi, is titled the “Malaysian Heroes”. And boy, how we cheer them on on the fields, and heap praise and adoration on them at the podium.
But what is the life of a Malaysian athlete like?
There are 7,099 athletes in Malaysia training in 26 types of sports, from badminton to cycling; from aquatics to gymnastics; from archery to rugby. Out of these, about 459 are considered elite athletes and are currently undergoing top-level programmes in the National Sports Council (MSN). On top of these, there are 25,525 football players being trained all over the country under the National Football Development Programme (NFDP).
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