Yeoh keeps mum on Shapawi successor

KUALA LUMPUR: Sports Minister Hannah Yeoh remains tight-lipped on her choice of replacement for outgoing National Sports Council (NSC) director-general Datuk Ahmad Shapawi Ismail.

Yeoh said she already has "plans" in place but declined to delve into details.

Shapawi's contract is set to end next month and it is believed that he is unlikely to seek an extension. He was appointed as director-general in 2014.

"He (Shapawi) is busy with the upcoming Hangzhou Asian Games and Le Tour de Langkawi (both next month) so we should let him focus on the task," said Yeoh yesterday.

"I have my plans but I'll keep it (to myself for now). Everything is taken care of, don't worry."

Among the names linked to the job includes deputy Sports Commissioner Arrifin Ghani, newly appointed Sports Commissioner Suhardi Alias as well as Malaysian Football League (MFL) chief executive officer Stuart Ramalingam.

NSC athletes division director Jefri Ngadirin, whom many see as Shapawi's right-hand man, has also been tipped for the job.

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