PUTRAJAYA - The annual Inter-Varsity Sports Festival organised by Putera MIC aims to discover future international sports talents from the Indian community.
“MIC has strived to provide many platforms for the Indian community, especially the youths, to excel in sports,” Deputy Youth and Sports Minister Datuk M. Saravanan told a press conference here yesterday.
“We are always asked if we can produce international-level athletes.
“We have the opportunities and the platforms, but it cannot happen overnight. It is a long-term process,” he added.
“Putera MIC’s initiative to organise this festival seeks to unearth talents among Indian youths. From this event, we identify talents who go on to participate in Sukim (Malaysia Indian Games) and Sukma.”
Saravanan said the Malaysian Indian Sports Council-Malaysian Indian Football Association football club is an example of MIC’s continuous efforts in promoting sports among Indian youths.
The association currently competes in the third-tier Football Association of Malaysia league.
The 2018 Inter-Varsity Sports Festival, which is in its second year, begins today at Universiti Putra Malaysia and ends on Saturday.
More than 1,000 Indian students from over 30 public and private higher learning institutes are expected to take part.
The event will also feature a townhall session tonight, where Deputy Education Minister Datuk P. Kamalanathan will take questions from youths on various topics.
The opening ceremony will be attended by Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin and Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam, who is also MIC president.