Sunday, April 26, 2015

Muhyiddin Hopes Local Golfers Can Tee Off In The Olympics

photo: PelanconganKini
PUTRAJAYA, April 24 (Bernama) -- Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin hoped local golfers will make the cut for next year's Olympics in Brazil.

He said, with the Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM) Tour now providing world ranking points in co-sanctioned events with the Asian Development Tour, that dream was attainable if all golfers set their mind to it and put in the necessary hard work.

"As you know, golf will make a long-awaited return to the Olympics in 2016, I see many of our top professionals, amateurs and juniors here tonight and I am sure all of you dream of representing our country in the Olympics.

"I truly hope that some of the golfers present here today will become Olympians one day and keep the Malaysian flag flying high, if not in the Rio Olympics next year, then certainly in future Olympics," he said in his speech at the Malaysian Golf Awards here, today.

Muhyiddin said, over the last decade or so, Asian countries like Korea, India and Thailand had excelled on the world stage to bring glory to their countries.

Therefore, he said, there was no reason why Malaysia cannot produce its Anirban Lahiris (India) and Thongchai Jaidees (Thailand).

"The infrastructure is there, we have hundreds of golf courses and many golf academies along with year-round amateur and junior circuits plus a thriving professional tour.

"We want Malaysia to not only produce world-class golfers, but to also be a desired golf destination amongst international golfers," he said.

He said collaboration between relevant stakeholders such as the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Malaysian Golf Association, Malaysian Golf Tourism Association, golf clubs, hotels and media would be instrumental to unlocking this goal.

Muhyiddin later presented the 2014 Merit Award for Services to Golf to the late Captain William Eustace Van Geyzel, 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award to the late Tun Hamid Omar, 2014 Best Overall Golf Experience Award to The Els Club Teluk Datai and 2014 Golf Club of The Year Award to Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club.

-bernama.

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