I am a little bit happy with Pak Lah's announcement regarding cabinet ministers being barred from heading any sports association. It should actually be extended. They must not hold any post whatsoever. Being a minister is not an easy job so do that job first. They have already got their Datukships and Tan Sriships so what else do they want? Just drop it.
Since he has suddenly shown an interest in Malaysian sports I hope the PM would extend his ban to all YBs government or opposition. Their jobs require them to serve their constituency and not manage some sports association. Leave the job of leading sports associations to the pros. We have seen how incompetent YBs and Ministers are in doing any job given so why be stupid and allow them to destroy our sports.
When I say that they should not hold any post in any sports association I also mean that they should not even be in the selection committees. This is where the rot starts. How many times have we heard that so and so is chosen because of his affiliation with a certain YB or Ketua Bahagian or big shot. Can anyone dare say that the players picked to represent the country in the AFC recently are really the best we have?
I dare say, that these are the connected ones. There are many more players especially those who hail from the interior who are left out for want of connection. So how good you are in handling a ball is not as important as how good you are in sucking balls.
No point in reminiscing the good old days. No point in recollecting the stunning goals of Mokhtar Dahari, the tightness of Chin Aun and Santokh Singh's defence, the presicion passes and vision of Choon Wah and Shukor Salleh and the acrobatic saves of Chow Chee Keong, Arumugam and Rashid Hassan.
When a dish which once was tasty suddenly becomes flat, it could pretty well be because the recipe is not the same. We should look at this in our football. What is football in schools nowadays. I am a teacher and let me tell you this. PJ in schools have declined into a filler subject. By filler I mean, teachers are given a class or two of PJ just to make up their total number of teaching periods. In some schools, PJ specialists are completely ignored and given some academic subjects to teach.
The teaching of skills in games and athletics is almost non-existence. I remember when I was in school, PJ was a lesson where we would be introduced to basic skills in games and gymnastics. Nowadays, it is almost alway, toss a ball and let the 30 or 40 pupils play. Those who are not keen just sit around and talk with their friends.
Do we really have the proper infrastructure to develop games? How many tournaments does a district has? Are there age group leagues? How many playable fields do we have? How many teachers are qualified to be referees and coaches? How much is allocated for games in schools? All these have to be looked into if we want to try to improve our sports.
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