Thursday, November 21, 2013

OCM, NSC Want MTA To Join TM For Development Of Taekwondo

PETALING JAYA, Nov 20 (Bernama) -- The Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) has put forward a proposal urging the Malaysian Taekwondo Association (MTA) to be affiliated to Taekwondo Malaysia (TM) to ensure the development of the sport.

OCM Honorary secretary Datuk Sieh Kok Chi said the proposal would end the conflict between the two bodies that are in logger heads.

"TM has been given the mandate by the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) to be the legal governing body for taekwondo in the country. Even the Sports Commissioner's office and the OCM have recognised TM.

"If both merge, every transaction involving taekwondo exponents in the country will be smooth, without having to go to the court," he told reporters when met after announcing TV3 as the broadcast partner for the 27th SEA Games in Myanmar, here, Wednesday.

National Sports Council (NSC) director-general Datuk Seri Zolkples Embong also expressed a similar opinion and urged MTA and TM to unite as an entity for the development of taekwondo in the country.

"I am not taking sides but TM has received the recognition from the OCM and the Sports Commissioner's office. So, for me, what is the use of having good exponents but cannot compete in any tournaments. End of the day, it will be a loss to the country," he said.

Zolkples said if both the bodies are merged, the MTA can start sending its exponents to major events like the SEA Games, Commonwealth Games, Asian Games or even the Olympics under the TM ticket.

The MTA issue started when the then Sports Commissioner Tan Sri Elyas Omar deregistered MTA in Feb 2010 for allegedly hampering the development of taekwondo in the country.

The Youth and Sports Ministry later set up an ad-hoc committee to oversee the progress of taekwondo in the country TM later became the official body for the sport.

However, MTA secretary-general Eddie Tuan claimed that the MTA should once again be endorsed as the governing body for taekwondo in the country after the Court of Appeal ruled in their favour on May 16.

-- BERNAMA

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