CIMB Foundation Commits Substantial Funding To Develop Female Gymnasts

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KUALA LUMPUR — CIMB Foundation spread its commitment in sports development with the Malaysian Gymnastics Federation (MGF) to nurture young talents in gymnastics.

The three-year CIMB-MGF Gymnastics Development Programme will groom female talents as young as four years old into world-class gymnasts, also as part of efforts to qualify for the upcoming 2020 Olympics Games in Tokyo.

CIMB Foundation Chief Executive Officer Datuk Hamidah Naziadin said that they are confident of replicating the success of the CIMB Junior Squash Development Programme in gymnastics by providing the platform for young female athletes to be nurtured into world-class athletes.

“We are delighted to partner with MGF on our very first female-centric sports development programme, in line with the foundation’s focus on sustainable projects with lasting impact on our beneficiaries.

“Sports has a huge potential to empower women and girls, providing a platform for them to also shine alongside their male counterparts, hence promoting gender equality and a more balanced society,” she said.

Hamidah noted that the CIMB Foundation’s Junior Squash Development Programme has seen female athletes like S.Sivasangari, Aifa Azman, Aira Azman and K.Sehveetrraa shine as world-class champions at the recent 2018 British Junior Open. 

“The aim of the CIMB-MGF Gymnastics Development Programme is similarly to develop talents into champions such as national gymnast and multi-gold medallist who has been groomed by MGF and garnered 12 gold medals at the 2017 SEA Games,” she added.

She said that with the partnership, CIMB Foundation would support MGF’s efforts in providing world class coaches, training camps and exposure to global sporting events.

The CIMB-MGF Gymnastics Development Programme was launched by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in conjunction with CIMB’s International Women’s Day celebration.

The Prime Minister presented the CIMB squash Academic Scholarship to two foundation-supported athletes, S.Sivasangari and Ng Eain Yow, with full three-year scholarships worth a total of RM1.5 million for undergraduate studies.

Najib also presented a token of appreciation to female athletes under the foundation to acknowledge their outstanding performances at the international level.

Among the receipients were Fatihah Mustapa (cycling), Aifa Azman and Aira Azman (squash).

BERNAMA