Astro Arena sports commentator, Hafizal Hamad who has more than 10 years experience under his belt said a sports commentator shoulders a heavy responsibility and must be willing to take positive criticism from sports enthusiasts.
"One has to love sports in general and have a passion for certain games," he said when interviewed by Bernama, here, Sunday.
Hafizal had been assigned to provide 'live coverage' for several prestigious sporting events such as the Manila SEA Games, Korat SEA Games, Doha Asian Games, Beijing Olympic Games, All England Badminton championships and the Thomas Cup.
Meanwhile, veteran commentator Datuk Hasbullah Awang said his peers today were having a much easier time to gather information because such information was readily available at their finger tips in this internet age.
He said the generation of commentators today also have their jobs cut out for them with the help of sophisticated technology.
"In the era of Datuk Rahim Razali and myself, we literally had to go to the ground to get reaction from players and build rapport with them," he said.
As for national sports critic, Professor Emeritus Tan Sri Dr Khoo Kay Kim, in the 30's and 40's, only ordinary people became sports commentators but they did a good job.
"For them it was the love for sports and some were even prepared to do for free compared to the lucrative payments commanded by the sports commentators today.