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Saturday, November 27, 2010

MALAYSIAN SPORTS - Where are we Heading?

The Asian Games have just ended. Malaysia came out 10th in the medal tally, with just 9 golds from the 477 golds available. That is just a mere 1.88%.
China took away 199 golds (41.71%) as Champions. That is 190 more golds than us.
India took home 14 golds, 5 more than us.

Actually, as a multi-racial country, Malaysia should have easily brought back 100 golds. Why do I say that?
Well..., we have all the blood and mixed blood to be champions !!
The Malaysian Chinese should have easily won many golds in the field of : Diving, Swimming, Wushu, Squash, Badminton, Taekwondo, Table Tennis, Volleyball, Dragon Boat..., just to say a few....
The Malaysian Indian should have easily won many golds in the field of : Hockey, Kabaddi, Karate, Wrestling, Athletics, Cricket, just to name a few...
The Malaysian Malays should have taken home golds in Sepaktakraw, Sailing (a lot of fishermen), Shooting, Canoe/Kayak, Bowling, Cycling, Equestrian, Athletics....
The mixed blood Malaysians should cater the other disciplines....

There is a logic to what I'm saying because we have the materials. It's just that we do not explore much (we only did some minor scouting..) in sports !! We are a bunch of people asking for money and materials when involve in sports. Admit it Malaysians !!! All we do is for money and materials (except Lee Chong Wei and Misbun Sidek).
Secondly, we do not have the pure "spirit of fighting" to win.., not like the Koreans and Japanese. I noticed that the Koreans in particular, will never give up in all the sports that they take part.. They are a group of people who will never say die !! They fight till the finish...
Thirdly, we have the wrong people who become the officials of the team. True !!! In a lot of games, if not all.. Face the facts guys... A lot of you are just interested in going for a holiday in Guangzhou...

I just pity the National Sports Council of Malaysia, especially the Director, Mr. Zulkeples Embong. I know him in person when he was an officer at the MSC (MSN). I was a national coach then... This guy really, really does his job well in all aspect, but maybe, maybe.., the others are not.
The sports system in the country itself is NOT professional. There are people who likes to hold positions just to have the opportunity to travel around, abroad, especially. It is worst in Athletics !!! Sorry, DSSK. But, facts remain facts!!! Some of them are not supposed to be in Guangzhou or in New Delhi (the last Commonwealth Games). These guys are not fit to be in MAAU, in fact. All they do is make money from claims made to NSC/MSN. I know that well..., it's been going for years !!!

Now...let's talk about "HOW TO WIN MEDALS.."
1.  Have a scientific approach to coach athletes. The best place is Perth, Australia. In 1998, when we had the Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia sent a group of 30 coaches to Perth to undergo a sports science course for 2 weeks. You know what? Thailand have just finished undergoing their 3rd batch of 60 coaches at the same place. Thailand had 180 sports science coaches already.. That's why Thailand is 10 years ahead of us in sports. Don't mention Australia - they are 20 years ahead of Malaysia !!!
2.  Have a sports system like China. There is a multi-level marketing (MLM) coaching system. What I know is that the coach responsible for upbringing a raw athlete is still being rewarded even if he's no more coaching a successful national athlete. That means, the coach who first coached Lin Dan, is still being rewarded with a little per cent on what Lin Dan's present coach is getting... Just like our MLM system in Direct Selling....  That's good system..
As it is now, does the first school coach of Lee Chong Wei get anything?? Or, better still, who first coached Lee Chong Wei?? Anybody knows??
3.  Have a basic system in schools where all schools in Malaysia pick one or two particular sport as their niche area. There's no point shouting the "1Student 1Sport" slogan when in the end, it's back to as it used to be.. As it is now, every student plays football or netball in school. And we are nowhere in both sports. Correct?? Admit it!! The Education Ministry is doing nothing to sports except organizing meets and tournaments. That's all !! To make things worst, good school coaches are being transferred to inactive schools, just because the coaches go against some stupid headmasters who doesn't like sports... I was one of these coaches...
4.  Officials, especially team managers, MUST be among the senior coaches. There's no place for officials who know nothing (or know a bit) about that sport. Don't offer manager's posts to Head of Departments, the Vice Chancellors or even to Royal Highnesses... They'll spoil the whole team !!! Disaster !!!!
5.  Make an incentive to all sportsman/sportswomen that those representing the country will get a Diploma in Sports. If they win a Gold medal, they get a Degree in Sports... Then, they are assured of a job once they stop representing the country.. As it is now, national athletes have NO job security in life..

What I've said above is what I could see happening in the sports environment in Malaysia. I've been involved in sports for 40 years since my school days and a qualified sports coach with some 30 years of experience, mainly in Track and Field, Hockey, Golf and Sports Science (Level 2). I've gone through this arena with all the ups and downs. I've produced 2 national athletes in Track and Field as a coach. I've drawn the training programme for national athletes for the SEA games. I was sacked while as chief coach before, because of indifference with stupid Team Managers and unqualified Sports administrators. I was a national coach before assigned to the Asian Junior Meet in Bangkok, Thailand. I was once offered to coach a Middle East country's national team with a salary of USD 3000 in the 90's, which I turned down.. Ask Chan Kah Yu.. What else do you want??

Just give it a thought..
Have a nice day....

2 comments:

Liz Flores said...

Hi, DESS
I hope you're fine.
I send tu you a big hug and many regards.

God bless you and your family too.

DESS said...

Thanks LIZ.. Everything's fine now, back to normal...

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