Chiefs of sports bodies urged to play more active role

KUALA LUMPUR: The presidents of the various National Sports Associations (NSA) have been urged to play a more direct and active role in their respective organisations in order to further develop sports. 

Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) president Tunku Tan Sri Imran Tuanku Jaafar said yesterday that only a handful of the presidents are active and called on them to understand their sports and also to be more interactive with the OCM as well. 

In this respect, Tunku Imran has proposed the setting up of an annual “President’s Forum” whereby all the presidents of the NSAs can meet with him to channel their views and also discuss matters concerning their associations. 

“This will be a meeting between me and the presidents and we can also find ways to look at how we can work together and how they (the presidents) can play a more active role.  

“I believe that there is a need of such a forum so that we can also help the presidents to understand our role and structure in greater detail,” he said in his opening remarks at the OCM general assembly here yesterday. 

The OCM president also said that officials wanting to serve on the Olympic body should not do so for personal reasons but with the aim to serve sports in the country. 

At the assembly yesterday, four new faces made their way into the OCM line-up for the next two years. FA of Malaysia (FAM) secretary general Datuk Dr Ibrahim Saad is the new vice president taking over from incumbent Datuk A. Sani Karim who did not contest. 

The other new faces are Ramlay Ibrahim and Moira Tan who won the assistant men’s and women’s secretary posts respectively.  

Ramlay defeated incumbent Phua Tai Neng and Asum secretary Edwin Chong in a three-way fight while Moira won unopposed when incumbent Latiffah Yacob withdrew from the race at the 11th hour. 

Rosmanizam Abdullah defeated long-serving assistant treasurer S. Jahendran by five votes in a straight fight. 

All other posts were won uncontested by the incumbents. 

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