: Things are looking bright for this season's M-League to restart after being halted for about four months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This is because the country is now showing positive development in the effort to break the chain of COVID-19 infection especially when the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) came into force.
Youth and Sports Minister, Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican said the decision on the matter would be decided at the Special Ministerial Meeting on RMCO implementation chaired by Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, on Thursday.
"On seeing the discipline of Malaysians is leading to the success of breaking the COVID-19 chain, I have very high confidence that the government will approve and allow sports such as football to return to action.
"However, all decisions would also have to depend on the approval of the National Security Council,"he told reporters after a working visit to the venue of the 2020 Johor Malaysia Games (Sukma) at the Larkin Arena Aquatic Centre here today.
Earlier, the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) and the Malaysian Football League (MFL) suspended all football activities under its management since March 16, following the COVID-19 outbreak apart from complying with the Movement Control Order to break the chain of the infection.
On 2020 Johor Sukma, Reezal Merican said he was not worried about the preparation of the event as the construction progress of many facilities and venues was ahead of schedule.
"I can say the overall preparations (venues and facilities) are at between 95 to 97 per cent, if we look at the aquatic centre, only the warm-up pool is still not completed.
"So I am not worried as I am optimistic all preparations would be completed in four to five months before Sukma," he said.
Asked if the new date to hold Sukma Johor is still in March 2021, Reezal said the matter would be discussed in the Sukma Supreme Committee meeting which would be held soon.