Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Petitions galore

Malaysia is fast becoming the land of petitions. What was until a couple of days ago a domain of politics ha snow taken a step into sports.

I was amused by the news that a group of 200 people from a coalition of NGO's have sent in a petition demanding the resignation of the top management of the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM).

Just who are these NGO's was not revealed in the report although I heard a whisper that the whole thing was engineered by a former badminton player.

Anyway, I hope I can get the contact of this coalition as I have along list of other sports associations that also need their help.

1. The Squash Racquets Association of Malaysia for the failure of their players to win the Asian Championships despite having the world number one in the team.

2. The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) for the failure of the team to qualify for the World Cup or the Olympics for umpteen years. And while we are at it can we also send a petition to the Johor FA (my home state team) for their failure to win the national league for so many years.

3. The Malaysian Hockey Federation (MHF) for the failure of the team to qualify for the World Cup and also winning the recent Sultan Azlan Shah Cup.

4. The Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) for the failure of OCM to secure the 2013 IOC Congress despite having the PM as its "secret weapon".

5. The Malaysian Sepaktakraw Association for their failure to beat Thailand in so many internationals.

6. The Malaysian Floorball team for failing to qualify for the World Cup after losing all their matches in Singapore. (And they thought we do not know about it).


7....please feel free to add more

Friday, May 7, 2010

IOA versus Sports Ministry = Autonomy versus Sovereignty

This is my new article on Sportskeeda.com

The ongoing battle between the Sports Ministry and the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) over the limitation of tenure of sports leaders is going to be a historic chapter in modern sports.

This is a classic battle between the sovereignty of the Indian government and the notion of autonomy espoused by the Olympic Charter.

Sovereignty is the quality of having supreme, independent authority over a territory. The Indian Parliament comprising of the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha have every legal right to impose their authority in India.

They are also an autonomous in this regards, unlike a majority of the European countries that have ceded some of their rights as members of the European Union.

Autonomy is the ability to make your own decisions about what to do rather than being influenced by someone else or told what to do.

Read the entire article here.

Friday, April 9, 2010

In search of autonomy?

It could be a case of protecting its autonomy or avoiding scrutiny. The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has just taken the drastic step of declining any further financial assistance from the government.

The IOA secretary general Randhir Singh, in a letter to the government said: 'The autonomy of National Olympic Committee of India and the Indian Olympic Association is supreme. The IOA would like to desist from receiving any further financial support from the government from the financial year 2010-11.'

A number of other sports associations are also expected to follow suit in the coming weeks with similar stance.

The decision comes in the wake of the government decision to declare government declared all national sports federations receiving grant of Rs.10 lakh or more as a 'Public Authority' and under the RTI Act, 2005.

This would have meant that the IOA would have come under a more stringent audit scrutiny by the Indian government.

The IOA received approximately Rs 240 lakhs last year.

While the IOA have claimed that the decision was solely made to preserve their autonomy, the timing of their decision seems to indicate otherwise.

It came just a day after the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports issued an order asking all national sports federations to designate Central Public Information Officers and Appellate Authorities as required by the RTI Act.

Is the IOA hiding anything? It is something we can only speculate.

Whatever the reason, I find their decision to decline government money laudable.

Will the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) or any one national sports association react the same way?

Nah! I don't think so.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Nepal Kabaddi President sacked

Just as we read news about the Badminton Association of Malaysia secretary Ganga Rao being suspended, I just received a note from my good friend Keshav Raj Gautam from Nepal about the sacking of the president of the Nepal Kabaddi Sunil Rajkarnikar.

Here is the note.

The NSC (National Sports Council) of Nepal has dismissed the Kabaddi association under the president of Mr. Sunil Rajkarnikar.

On the basis of the report given by the team formed by NSC under Lal Kumar Lama for the inspection of Kabaddi association of Nepal, the NSC has dismissed the current president Mr. Rajkarnikar and the new standing committee is formed under the president of Mr. Lal Kumar Lama. The standing committee members are as follows:

President: Mr. Lal Kumar lama

Vice president: Mr. Sanu Kumar Maharjan.

Chairman: Mr. Manoj Kumar Misra

Treasurer: Mr. Birendra Kumar Yadhav.

Members:

Chandra Kanta Jha





This committee has to perform the election for the ANKA within 3 months, as given by the NSC.



After the conflicts of the ex- president Mr. Rajkarnikar and the coach, the NSC of Nepal had form the committee for the inspection of the conflicts, and according to the committee Mr. Rajkarnikar has the following faults:

* During the presidency of Mr. Rajkarnikar no Kabaddi activities were performed (national and international).
* For the long time the general meeting was not held.
* And he insulted Nepal in the international arena.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Can we expect the same here?

I wrote last month regarding the ruckus at the South Asian Games and how the game of kabaddi is being torn apart by unscrupulous officials.

Internationally the game is dying because officials are putting their interest first before the game.

During the South Asian Games, it was the All Nepal Kabaddi Association (ANKA) president Sunil Rajkarnikar who was at the center of the storm.

You can read in detail about the ruckus he created in my earlier post by clicking here.

The National Sports Council of Nepal had set up an investigation panel and has now come up with their recommendation. And by all accounts it is a damning decision on the high handedness of Sunil.

A report submitted to NSC Member Secretary Hari Babu Chaudhary stated that Sunil´s irresponsible behavior provides evidence that the current leadership was incapable of guiding the association toward the sport´s development. The committee also held Rajkarnikar accountable for violating the Sports Development Act 2048 and undermining the ethics and norms of sportsmanship.

The committee has recommended that the association be dissolved.

It may be wishful thinking, but I do hope that something similar can be done to arrest the decline of the sport of kabaddi in Malaysia.

The Kabaddi Association of Kuala Lumpur had lodged an official report against the Kabaddi Association of Malaysia (KAM) more than a year ago to both the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) and the Sports Commissioners Office.

Till date, despite reminders and personal inquiries, no reply has been given by the KAM, OCM or the Sports Commissioner.

In the meanwhile, the talented players are being victimised.

The Asian Games is just months away and the Malaysian kabaddi team has yet to be formalised. All of the South Asian countries have started their training programme for months now just like Iran and Thailand. Japan kabaddi team is currently touring Mumbai in preparation for the Asian Games.

And in Malaysia, news is that the Malaysian team would be formalised during the SUKMA in Melaka in June.

Apparently the KAM thinks that Malaysia has no players above 23 years of age that can play kabaddi.

Since Malaysia participated in the Asian Games in Busan, every national team picked by the KAM has seen different set of players and have been comprehensively beaten by their rivals in every single competition.

Going by recent records, I would bet that if the OCM and the NSC allows the Malaysian kabaddi team to play in Guangzhou, the results would be embarrassing indeed for Malaysia.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Pole Dancing for Olympics

I wrote an article yesterday for Sportskeeda here on the herculean task kabaddi has in making it to the Olympics.

And today I come across this story on how pole dancers are now wanting their sport to be included at the Olympics.


Read the article here.


Crazy!!!!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Americas Cup sinking

I am not sure exactly how much the Monsoon Cup costs to stage in Terengganu every year, but the America's Cup it seems cost a whopping 230 million euros in 2007.

But this year the operating budget would be a mere 8 million euros. The once prestigious Americas Cup is now in the dumps. It has come to such a rut that the organisers gave away the television rights to anyone who wants it.

And it is all because of a legal tussle between two of main protagonist in the Americas Cup.

The 159 year old sailing's longest running competition seems to be headed for a quick death very soon.

Apparently the tussle has to do with how the rules of the competition should be. I am not going to the technicality of it, suffice to say that it is no longer a race in the seas but a race in the courts.

Why is that we have so many rules guiding sports. What was in the past a leisure activity turned into a competition with minimal rules has grown into a monster.

Many sports are now governed with ridiculous rules of participation.

Sportsmen (and women) are being victimised because association officials have some differences.

Do you all know that in one sport association in Malaysia, an entire state athletes have been stopped from all competitions at national level because of a dispute between the state and the national body.

And the dispute has nothing to do with the sport, but just a piece of document that was allegedly not filed in time.