Women continue to shine in the field of sports management

Nurul Izati Mansour

KUALA LUMPUR, March 8 (Bernama) — Women’s involvement in local sports management is no longer a novelty. Because many women hold key leadership positions that inspire and promote excellence in Malaysian sports.

Their role was further accelerated with the appointment of Hannah Yeoh as Minister of Youth and Sports at the end of 2022, following Datuk Seri Azalina Osman Said to the post from 2004 to 20082. She became the first woman.

Since her election in 2014, women have become more prominent in sports associations and agencies, as exemplified by Datuk Mumtaz Jaafar, who served three terms as vice president of the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM).

The country’s top sprinter in the 1980s said that even though she retired as an athlete a long time ago, she does not want her career in the sport to end and is determined to continue contributing as a pioneer in the development of the sport in the country. That’s what he said.

The mother of four said her job of managing her family never allowed her to contribute her energy and ideas to the country’s development, especially sports management.

“Sport is deeply ingrained in my life and I am grateful to have the strength to fulfill my duties while managing a household. I am always looking for the balance of managing both. is not an excuse for me to quit the sport,” she told Bernama. .

She recalled the bitter experience of grappling with health issues and competing for the post of Malaysian Athletics Federation vice president in 2019, when she was battling stage 3 colon cancer at the time.

“At that time, the important thing was to keep my spirits up and try to contribute to the association. I overcame everything. It is true that many sacrifices are made in sports, but what is important is the fighting spirit,” she said. Told.

For Malaysian Anti-Doping Agency (Adamas) Director-General Azra Abidin, it was a completely different set of challenges. She said her abilities are often questioned, especially since she is the first woman to hold the position since Adamas was founded in 2007.

However, she refused to let the doubters get the better of her and continued to prove she was capable of leading the agency despite her lack of experience when she was given the responsibilities in 2019.

“When I joined Adamas, I was at zero. It was a big challenge for me, especially since at that time I had to allocate my time to take care of my sick mother and we had limited staff. “I learned and complied with each step. I complied with the established regulations and standards and performed my duties properly,” she said.

Meanwhile, National Sports Council Athlete Career and Education Secretary Datuk Syahrin Zulkifli said despite retiring as a domestic bowler, she still has unfinished business in contributing to the development of athletes. Stated.

He said he doesn’t want to waste his experience and knowledge as a former athlete and wants to use it for the benefit of local athletes.

“I have been an athlete for 20 years and feel I can contribute a lot,” she added.

Sharin said it’s unfortunate that not many athletes are interested in sports management, even though former athletes understand what athletes need.

— Bernama

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