IT has been a long road for cycling coach John Beasley and accolades
are raining on him presently.
knowing Malaysian sports only too well, I hope for his sake, it will not turn
doubt Beasley with the support of the National Sports Council, National Sports
Institute, Sports Ministry and Malaysian National Cycling Federation, with a
team of dedicated cyclists headed by Azizulhasni Awang, has done a great deal
for Malaysian cycling in the last decade.
culminated with Azizulhasni winning the world title at the Track Cycling World
Championships in Hong Kong two weeks ago.
proved world class results cannot be achieved overnight.
is only through proper development programmes with long-term goals, top class
coaches, total support, being patient and above all having athletes who are
dedicated and having a winning mentality, will give a fair opportunity to taste
at the same time, success sometimes breeds and follows with, over or
unrealistic expectations, which result in disappointment and hasty decisions.
was a similar scenario in tenpin bowling in the 1990s when national bowling
coach Sid Allen after 10 years with Malaysian Tenpin Bowling Congress (MTBC)
and putting the sport on the world map, was suddenly deemed not good enough by
bowlers he made champions.
was unceremoniously dumped but MTBC through the leadership of Datuk Dr P. S.
Nathan, have remained relevant.
the same fate does not happen to Beasley.
Australian hit the nail when he said: “Azizul’s success has a great deal to do
with his winning mentality.”
“winning mentality” has been lacking with many of our talented athletes who fall
short of achieving their
may be a “kampung boy” from Dungun, but his exposure in Australia and his own
dream and desire to be a champion, has brought him where he has through hard
work, determination, discipline and dedication.
kind of mentality is common among Malaysian athletes who have made their base
look at Nicol David, Josiah Ng, Ong Beng Hee, Nauraj Singh Randhawa to name few
while Pandelela Rinong, Nur Dhabitah Sabri, Cheong Jun Hoong often train in
only exception is probably Lee Chong Wei. He is a different breed and knows
what sacrifice is all about having risen to great heights the hard way.
is also important for athletes to grab opportunities which come their way and
make the best of it. Sometimes opportunity only comes along once!
DON’T PENALISE ATHLETES
about opportunities, sports associations and officials owe it to the athletes
to give every opportunity
is puzzling bowling kingpins — Kuala Lumpur who were the defending champions
and Penang — gave the National Inter-State championship a miss!
cited financial constraints while Kuala Lumpur’s absence is a mystery.
it is an open secret both states don’t agree with MTBC on several issues.
whatever issues, the bowlers should not be the ones to suffer.
have five (Timmy Tan, Rafiq Ismail, Syafiw Ridhan Abd Malek, Sharon Koh and
Radin Nur Najwa Arifah Radin Dzulfafar) and Penang two (Adrian Ang and Esther
Cheah) national bowlers, who have been deprived of competition.
both states had problems to field teams, then the least they could have done
was to allow their bowlers to represent other states.
we always demand the best of athletes, the same rule should apply to officials
is a sports journalist with close to four decades’ experience and is passionate
about local sports.