Workshop to get Malaysian athletes into workforce
UPDATE 10pm: The National Sports Institute is giving the opportunity for former athletes to share their experiences and be professional coaches through its latest National Coaching Certification Scheme, as reported by NST today.
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On Sept 4, I wrote about life after sports for Malaysian athletes.
It became a talking point among current and ex-national athletes which led to former table tennis player Chiu Soo Jiin confessing she struggled, cried for days after retiring as a sportswoman. The article was posted on Sept 5.
On Tuesday, former national hurdler Noraseela Khalid alerted me to the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) athletes' commission workshop & athlete career programme scheduled on Nov 4 in UPM.
The one-day event is organised by the OCM's athletes' commission and UPM's sports academy.
Noraseela is OCM's athletes commission chairman.
She will be speaking at the forum and will be joined by former national athletes May Tan (swimming), Tunku Nazroff Tunku Mokhsin (equestrian) and Patrick Glennon — Adecco Group senior vice president International Olympic Committee and International Paralympic Committee Athlete Career Programme.
Noraseela said they are expecting "70 to 80 athletes" to attend the programme.
"We've already with such a forum last year and will continue conducting workshops at sports schools and higher learning institutions," she said.
"We hope to work alongside (career recruitment firm) Adecco to place athletes in suitable jobs."
"I'm hoping to see our athletes get into the workforce easily once they retire from sports," she added.