OCMMohd Nazifuddin Mohd Najib said his nomination for the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) vice-president post at its annual general meeting has nothing to do with politics.

The son of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said he did not want to use the aura of his father to win the post but was in fact determined to attract more youths to the development of sports in the nation.

Mohd Nazifuddin, 32, is the youngest candidate in the election for the 2015-2017 term on Aug 22.

Despite having held the Malaysian Taekwondo Association deputy president post for only one year, he sees the need for OCM to undergo major revamp according to current sports development.

“Even though I have just started getting involve in national sports, I have personal close ties with the association for a long time. If young people are not given the opportunity, there will be no right time for them to participate.

“So when an opportunity to contest such as this arises, the younger generations are inspired to be involved in the development of national sports,” he told reporters after presenting the national flag to the Malaysian taekwondo squad participating in the second World Cadet Taekwondo Championships 2015 at Datuk Ho Kok Chye Hall, Wisma OCM, here.

In this regard, three youth exponents, namely Nur Abilla Atillia Sabri, Siti Sara Wardina Sheikh Ibrahim and Imam Roif Syahadat will be taking part in the tournament at Muju, South Korea from Aug 20-27.

He said the association was optimistic in sending more youth athletes abroad for exposure and to raise the performance of taekwondo in the country. – BERNAMA

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