Why should the sports commissioner apologize to the Olympic Council?

The Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) versus the Sports Commissioner is a match of one-upmanship, bitter provocations and bizarre meanderings.

On the other hand, the privileged OCM argued that it had always deserved “special” treatment and was hurt by the sports commissioner’s threat of deregistration.

Commissioner Suhardi Alias, on the other hand, is not always liked by his critics for his blunt approach.

The problem is that the Sports Commissioner has the power to cancel the registration of OCM, which is a sports organization subject to the Sports Development Act.

Article 9 (Act No. 576) states: “Subject to this Act, the provisions of this Act that apply to sports organizations shall apply equally to the Malaysian Olympic Council and the provisions of these provisions to sports organizations shall apply equally to the Malaysian Olympic Council. Mention is made to the Malaysian Olympic Council.”

OCM retaliated by demanding an apology from Suhardi, saying its status as the governing body of national sports associations is guaranteed under the law.

Parliamentary law does not allow individuals to act unilaterally and arbitrarily against sports organizations, let alone the OCM, which is made up of 58 national sports associations, he said.

Suhardi was subsequently accused of being “extremely bellicose,” “hostile,” and “declaring war against OCM and its affiliates.”

I felt that each party felt they were better than the other or had stronger support and were waiting for a feud to break out.

Suhardi reiterated during a November 14 meeting with representatives of two esports organizations that he has the authority to delist OCM.

One of the esports organizations had sought registration with the sports commissioner’s office, but Suhardi said he would not have two organizations for the same sport.

Some felt that Mr. Suhardi was joking about the deregistration, or that he was not joking. However, he did not anticipate that the leaked audio recording of his remarks would trigger his altercation.

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Caught in the middle is Youth and Sports Minister Hannah Yeo, who needs to show some courage and insist that the power play sets an example for no one.

Yeoh must solve the problem without leaving any lingering problems, but he should not rush into rash action.

Asking Mr. Suhardi to apologize to OCM for the threat of deregistration is certainly a crude move, but it would be seen as a rebuke to department officials who simply stated the facts.

For Yeo, such an apology will only cause more problems and upset more people, and it is a difficult road to go down, especially when the ministry appears to be weak towards the leaders of sports organizations. .

Telling the OCM, led by Norza Zakaria, to stop attacking officials is courageous for her, but it could damage the organization’s relationship with the ministry.

OCM has had a stronger voice in the sports world since Yeo took over, but I’m not saying she’s being overshadowed.

In an effort to forge harmonious relations with stakeholders, she approached OCM, Badminton Association of Malaysia, Football Federation of Malaysia (FAM) and others.

It didn’t work. Haresh Deol, editor of TwentyTwo13, said: “What she didn’t know already is that ‘passionate’ sports administrators within and outside the ministry will do anything to show who’s boss. She would have realized this by now.”

For someone accustomed to being shielded from dissent by sycophantic subordinates, Yeo must have been extremely nervous when the altercation broke out.

Suhardi branded one of his predecessors an “idiot” for approving so many sports organizations. He refused to apologize for his remarks, drawing parallels between OCM and the Israeli government.

Calls for an apology grew louder, and OCM Vice President Hamidin Amin, who is also FAM chief, intervened in the argument.

Suhardi hit back at OCM and FAM, saying he was sorry to Malaysians for not achieving their goals at the SEA Games in May.

Did Suhardi go beyond the call of duty by touching on athlete performance, as OCM suggested?

Indeed, what’s wrong with a sports commissioner telling the truth when Malaysia was failing at the SEA Games and the whole country was disappointed?

The whole incident has caused pain and a significant loss of respect in the sporting world.

But don’t be surprised if the whole thing is dismissed as a misunderstanding, or if Suhardi is forced to reluctantly apologize. Either way, no one wins.

Good apologies are unlikely because the ingredients for a meaningful apology are sincerity, empathy, the ability to take responsibility, and a healthy dose of humble pie at the end.

In any case, if such people were to sit next to each other at a luncheon to “reconcile” their differences, the waiter would be more likely to put away the sharpest cutlery.

The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of FMT.

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