Thursday, March 12, 2015

OCM boss Tunku Imran wants two more years at the helm

KUALA LUMPUR: Tunku Tan Sri Imran Tuanku Ja’afar has been the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) president for 17 years.
Now, he wants another two years at the helm.

The long-serving OCM boss confirmed that he would seek re-election at OCM’s 34th annual general meeting on Aug 22.

Tunku Imran, who will turn 67 on March 21, has been in power since taking over from the late Tan Sri Hamzah Abu Samah in 1998.
However, he hinted that this would be his ninth – and final – term.

“I don’t really want to go past 70 in the OCM because I think it’s time (to pave the way) for young people and I’m getting close to that,” he said at a press conference after the annual National Sports Association (NSA)-SportExcel pledging ceremony at the National Sports Council in Bukit Jalil on Wednesday.

SportExcel have been involved in promoting and developing young talents through its junior circuits since 1991. There are 11 sports under the SportExcel programme – bowling, cycling, cricket, golf, gymnastics, swimming, squash, sepak takraw, shooting, taekwondo and tennis.

But of immediate concern to Tunku Imran is his Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) presidency.

Tunku Imran, who was elected in 2011, had expressed his intention to run for a second term during last week’s CGF Board meeting in London.

On Monday, CGF honorary secretary Louise Martin of Scotland announced that she would challenge him for the top seat at the federation’s general assembly in Auckland in September.

Martin, who is the vice-chair of the Organising Committee for last year’s Glasgow Commonwealth Games, is bidding to be the first female head in the organisation’s history.

“It’s democracy, like any other sports bodies ... we’ll see what happens,” Tunku Imran said.

“During my first term, I started a strategic review and we’ve gone through a lot of reforms within the CGF. Having started the process and completed the first phase of the strategic planning, I’d like to see some of them implemented in the coming term.”

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