PUTRAJAYA: Australian Robert Ballard has been appointed the Malaysian Athletics Federation (MAF) technical director of coaching.
Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said that Ballard is an experienced sports consultant and he is the right candidate to help raise the standard of athletics in the country.
“He has one month to submit his training programme for athletes and also for the national coaches.
“Ballard is given a two-year contract with a two-year extension option. And his task will be to help Malaysia become a powerhouse in athletics for the 2017 SEA Games which we will host.
“We also want our national athletes to do well at the Asian and Commonwealth Games as well as the Olympics,” said Khairy, who is unhappy with the athletes’ performance at the Myanmar SEA Games in December.
The Malaysian athletes had a poor outing at the Games where they only won four of the 45 golds at stake in athletics.
Khairy said Ballard, whose contract came into effect on Feb 1, will have KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) to meet.
“And he too will have KPIs for the national coaches in his programme,” said Khairy.