Wheelchair Tennis Malaysia (WTM) have decided to have a new executive committee (exco) with a new patron for the progress of the sport. (Pix by AIZUDDIN SAAD)

KUALA LUMPUR: Wheelchair Tennis Malaysia (WTM) have decided to have a new executive committee (exco) with a new patron for the progress of the sport.

This has led to the WTM forming a new executive committee headed by Muhd Iqbal Sulaiman, who replaced Lenny Ghandi as president last month.

The national body issued a press release today on their plans to improve wheelchair tennis in Malaysia.

“WTM recently held its AGM and duly appointed a new exco. The exco aims to implement new plans under the programme ‘Bag Full of Dreams’ with an emphasis on nurturing and developing Malaysian sporting talent within the wheelchair community,” said the release, which was signed off by Iqbal.

“With a major reshuffling of tasks and positions, the key strategy of the new exco is with long-term focus in mind.

“With the association’s aggressive and extensive overhaul of plans after a thorough evaluation of past contributions and results, it was a collective decision of the new exco that change is needed for our breakthrough towards achieving extraordinary results.

“This includes the difficult and tough decision to find a new patron who is required to be actively involved in fund raising activities and provide key advice in line with the association’s long-term vision.

“The graceful Tun Dr Siti Hasmah (Mohd Ali) has been with the association for 20 years. We are sincerely grateful for the continuous support and wishes her well.”

WTM urged all parties to understand the direction they are heading in, stressing that change is inevitable in their mission to further develop the sport.

Among their plans are bidding for the hosting rights for the 2019 BNP Paribas World Team Cup Asian qualification round and the 2020 BNP Paribas World Team Cup.

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