SPORTS INDUSTRY COALITION URGES THE GOVERNMENT TO REOPEN THE SPORT INDUSTRY

The Sports Industry Coalition (SIC), which represents the majority of mass participation sporting event industry players in Malaysia urges the government to reopen the sporting industry (both indoor and outdoor) following the announcement of the reopening of the entertainment industry by the Prime Minister yesterday.

SIC has sent numerous requests and SOP revisions to the government through the Ministry of Youth and Sports (KBS) since March 2021. These were accompanied with multiple recommendations and requests for financial support, but we have yet to receive any positive replies.

The COVID-19 pandemic has stalled the sporting industry in Malaysia to almost a halt since March 2020. The situation of the industry players has reached a critical stage as the businesses are out of cash flow to continue. This leads to company closures, employee retrenchment and even non-performing loans in the country’s banking system.

SIC is unable to understand the government’s decision in reopening the entertainment industry that is mainly operated indoors ahead of the sporting industry. Majority of the sporting events or activities are done outdoors with the best ventilation and space available.

As for indoor sporting facilities, a detail and strict SOP has been in place since the start of the pandemic. Therefore, SIC cannot find any valid reasons for the government to ignore our sector in the reopening plans.
Studies have shown that sports and active lifestyle can create a stronger immune system and reduce the probability of infection and a higher chance of recovery if infected.

In the latest statistics as of 27 August 2021 , the Mass Participation World (MPW) survey
from 30 countries shown that with over 3 million participants from the recent mass
participation events, there were only 4 recorded cases and no major clusters were found.

“We believe that it is a positive move by the government to start opening up the
entertainment side but we urge the government to prioritize the reopening of the sporting industry immediately. SIC do not believe that financial support is sufficient to the industry and we are suffering. We plead to the government to allow us to make our own living instead.” said Azman Fahmi, representative of the Sports Industry Coalition.

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