From next year, students in both primary and secondary schools must take up at least one sport, said Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
He said an ad hoc committee would also be established to study the matter of issuing credit points to students who participate in sports.
"Presently co-curriculum activities have been made mandatory. However, taking up at least one sport has not been given the needed emphasis.
"We want to inculcate the sports culture in schools, and revert to schools being the main breeding ground for sports talents," he told reporters after closing the Pahang Umno convention, in Bandar Jengka Saturday.
Muhyiddin, who is also Education Minister, said studies would also be made to have sports held all year round in schools and not restricted to just the first two or three months of the school term.
He said the credit points or marks to be given was to alter parents' perception that sports was not a productive activity as compared to academic achievement.
"This year we will take the steps necessary to have the system in place an get it going next year," he said.
On Friday, Muhyiddin said the Cabinet Committee on Sports had outlined five important elements to restore sporting excellence in schools which would involve among others, a revamping of the arts, co-curriculum and sporting activities in primary and secondary schools. - Bernama.