Malaysia Touch Association (MTA) has set a 10-year strategic plan to develop and further enhance the development of Touch in Malaysia.
MTA President, Hj. Ahmad Sufiani Johari said, there will be exciting developments and nationwide exposure for Touch to grow in Malaysia and produce talented players, experienced match officials and excellent coaches.
According to Sufiani, MTA is keen to expose Malaysia’s Touch players to high-level competition regularly.
“Domestically there will be a National Development Program, National Club Championship and a National Touch League.
“On the other hand, we will be providing access to an International Club Challenge and for national-level players, the Test Matches, Asia Cup, Youth World Cup and Touch World Cup,” Sufiani said.
Another strategic goal set in the 10-year plan is to increase player numbers. To date, there are 1,644 Touch players in Malaysia with 148 teams compared to Singapore which has about 5,000 players.
Ahmad Sufiani further explains that MTA is currently working to establish a State Touch Association (STA) in each of the states in Malaysia.
“These initiatives have certainly created further interest from the respective states particularly those outside Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya, to build teams, players, referees and coaches,” he added.
The establishment of State Touch Associations all across Malaysia will serve as a platform to increase the availability of Touch for everyone thus increasing the pool of players in the future.
Looking back in 2019, Malaysia has been recognized as the biggest and the best Touch World Cup (TWC) organizer by the Federation of International Touch (FIT).
Malaysia produced a spectacular mixture of heritage and culture for the opening ceremony of the 9th Touch World Cup 2019 Malaysia which has attracted 2,400 of the world’s best Touch players to the Federal Territory of Putrajaya.
The Touch World Cup 2019 Malaysia – the biggest ever in the tournament’s history was held between 29 April – 4 May 2019 with Datuk Dr. Aminuddin Hassim, President of Perbadanan Putrajaya (PPj) and Erik Acker, President of Federation of International Touch officially opening the global sporting showcase.
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“We proud of Malaysia for hosting an excellent World Cup. The venue was also great. Everything was great except for the unpredictable weather. Sufiani deserves special mention as he had worked very hard for the past couple of months to make sure everything was in order for the tournament.Erick Acker, President of the Federation of International Touch (FIT)(New Straits Times – May 7, 2019)
“The opportunity of hosting the TWC gave Touch in Malaysia an extraordinary impact. As a result, we see more players joining Touch from the corporate and private sectors. It brings everyone to learn and play this sport” said Sufiani.
“With so much exposure from the media, Touch in Malaysia has already played in both local public schools and international schools, with estimation of 600 youth players.
“In the meantime, we have established a school pathway for girls and boys from under 6 to under 18 years of age, also Youth Commission of MTA and plans to send teams to future World Youth Cups,” Sufiani said.
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