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Monday, July 09, 2012

Do we still need Government funds?

EVERYONE wants recognition, everyone wants credit and everyone wants to have the final say.

In short, everyone wants everything for themselves.

This could mean only two things — people may want to work as hard as they can to achieve all or some may take the easier option by just relying on bureaucracy to get it all.

That was the introduction to my commentary piece, From the Sidelines in today's Malay Mail, titled Government funds - bane or boon?

To those who come under the first group of people, well done. You've earned your right.

But those who fall in the second category, shame on you.

I'm not going to point fingers here, as then a defamation may follow. But the People are not stupid and may rightly see the point being driven.

Read the story published by Mailsport and you'll know where I'm headed.

Anyway back to the issue. Do we need to constantly rely on Government funds? 

From one point of view - yes but with no strings attached.

From another - it involves the athletes directly.

I had a good debate over Twitter with national athletes, bowler Zandra Aziela and swimmer Khoo Cai Lin. We agreed to disagree on many things, mainly as to why there should be government funds.

But we also conclusively agreed that some just don't deserve it. No names were mentioned but rather we spoke in general.

In short (my suggestion)

1. Funds be focused on the development of the athletes rather than the elite athletes - let's encourage self sustenance for the elite athletes or reserve funds for top notch or deserving athletes only.

2. NSC concentrates solely on the development and sports associations (NSA) be directly funded (if necessary) by the Sports Ministry.

3. Create an achievement based scheme for funding. Shape out or ship out. - some in the athletic industry have not even equaled their best in years.

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Get your act right NSC!

Everyone wants power but as Peter Parker (Spiderman) was told, "with great power comes great responsibility"

However, some take responsibility a bit too seriously as they are fixated by power and want controlling everything. Power can also lead to destruction.

In this case, the athletes and Malaysian Sports are the ones who will suffer.

National Sports Council (NSC) named national diver Pandelela Rinong as the flag bearer for the Olympics opening ceremony march but DO THEY HAVE THE POWER TO SO DO???

The answer will depend on who you ask but fact remains that it is the responsibility of the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM). NSC can merely recommend a candidate.

I find it humorous how NSC have written to OCM suggesting Pandelela but NSC director general Datuk Zolkples Embong went on to name her as the flag bearer the next day despite receiving no acknowledgement from the Olympic body.

OCM believes, and rightly so, that they have the final say as appeared in today's Malay Mail.

Nt: This not gutter journalism as we have nothing personal against NSC, Datuk Zolkples Embong or Pandelela, who I must say is a top notch diver. But for NSC to name the flag bearer despite not having authority just smacks arrogance!

Check former Mailsport journalist  SS. Dhaliwal and Haresh Deol' s blog for more on this.