Rest assured that the 11 sports drop from the MSSM calendar and several other sports, which saw their Under-15 category being dropped, have no chance of being reinstated this year.
The Education Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has said more than a week ago that he has no knowledge of the cut in MSSM's annual budget from RM 6 million to RM1.5 and that 11 sports have been axed.
However, nothing has surfaced after that or any mention of him intervening to save the situation.
Then, National Sports Assocaitions (NSAs) of sports dropped by MSSM were called for a meeting by the Sports Division of the Education Ministry and asked to help out to organise the events.
However, the NSAs made an appeal so that these sports are reinstated and organised by MSSM.
Some of these NSAs officials are hoping for a reply to their request, but it could well be a wait in futile, as it is already the end of January and February will be gone before you can wink your eyelid with the Chinese New celebrations and all.
Then yesterday, the Minister of Youth and Sports, Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek gives his take on the situation, where he seems to have accepted the cut in monetary aid and axing of the sports as temporary measure.
(Read here what malay mail's Haresh Deol has written after meeting with the good Sports Minister after he trained out the new laid tennis court at the Bukit Kiara Equestrian and Country Resort, the venue for the WTA International Malaysia Open from Feb 22-28.)
One year of non activity of the respective sports dropped by MSSM, would virtually bury them for good, for come next year, they will be forgotten conveniently.
Ministry officials will be saying, if we can live without the sports for a year, we might as well drop them for good.
I really cannot understand how grassroots sports at schools can be ignored, when Malaysia is supposed to be a sporting nation with big ambitions of excelling at the highest level and that the top guns are not lifting a finger to save the situation.
If they only know the gravity of the whole situation, they will not be taking things at such leisure.
For starters, the situation has really angered the parents.
The bigger picture is that finally the grave has been dug to bury Malaysian sports once and for all. All that is left is to get the coffin and plant the final nails in!
We can have all sorts from development programmes from England, USA or Europe, but once you neglect schools sports - the base of of the pyramid to success, the nation is doomed.
We were already heading in that path with less and less priority given to Physical Education and schools sports activities over the years.
The payback time for the sins committed for neglecting grassroots sports are already on the wall with the dwindling standards of Malaysian sports currently and now we have decided to bury Malaysian sports for good.
Let us not even talk about sports excellence. What about the health factor and sports for all.
It is really mind boggling how things have come to this stage.
Several NSAs of sports axed by MSSM have indicated that they will organise the national championships. Kudos to them!
But who is going to organise the district and state championships? Where are the funds going to come from. What has happened to the Games Fee paid by each pupil?
A few State Sports Councils who have the means had said that they will continue to organise despite no national championships.
However, with the sports scene in schools is in such a mess and no uniformity, I dread to think of what Malaysian sports will be in a few more years down the road.
I am on the verge of giving up on Malaysian sports, but my passion for it tells me, I should not throw in the towel just yet.
However, it is no secret that schools sports is heading for the cliffs and being pushed against the wall.
Everything points to a no return point, unless someone has the sense to save it NOW!
Is it wishful thinking again?
BACKGROUND TO THE LOOMING DISASTER:
MSSM"s budget for 2010 has been slashed from RM 6 million to RM 1.5.
As a result of this measure, ONLY 13 sports will be organised by MSSM at the national level and they are artistic gymnastics, gymrama, golf, swimming, athletics, badminton, netball, basketball, volleyball, sepak takraw, football, tennis and hockey.
On top of that, all the sports, except for artistic gymnastics, gymrama, swimming and athletics, will not have the Under-15 age group.
Schools sports are organised at Under-12, Under-15 and Under-18 age group level.
The eleven sports given the axe include sports which are key sports in Malaysia -bowling, squash and archery.
The others axed are table tennis, rugby, cricket, sailing, softball, handball, cross country and chess.
While sports are cut because of lack of funds at the MSSM level, the inaugural Asian Schools Sports is organised by MSSM to a tune of RM 5.5 million!