Thursday, May 09, 2013

Sports Associations Must Be Open To Criticism - Annuar Musa, Kok Chi

KUALA LUMPUR, May 8 (Bernama) -- Sports associations must be open to criticism and recommendations for the betterment of their athletes and associations, said former Sports Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa.

The former Kelantan Football Association (KAFA) president said the performances of athletes will not only be monitored by coaches, managers or officials but are always in the radar of the people, especially the sports fraternity.

"Malaysians are a well informed lot and can evaluate the performance of athletes in sports that they are interested in. National Sports Associations (NSA) must also accept the fact that some sports fans may be more knowledgeable than coaches or officials," he said at a forum organised by University Malaya Sports Science students, here, Wednesday.

Annuar who was the Sports Minister from 1990 to 1993, said NSA's must therefore accept criticism and accept ideas to continue their agenda of improving their performances to the next level.

Annuar was among three panel members in the forum that also featured Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) Honorary secretary Datuk Sieh Kok Chi.

The former KAFA president who is also the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) deputy president was suspended for 30 months by the association for allegedly criticising the performance of the national team.

Meanwhile, Kok Chi in welcoming Annuar's views said NSA's always looked at individuals who expressed their opinion, views or comments in the negative perspective.

"Normally every suggestion or comment from any official within the association need to be done through the proper channel. We must follow the procedures and laws governing our association. We may have quite a good system but we might have to improve it.

"It is about time for sports associations to accept changes, especially in expressing opinions, comments and views freely. We do not want ex-athletes to start criticising their respective associations in the future," said Sieh.

-- BERNAMA

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