Sports is the simplest thing in life and it is suppose to be fun and pure.
However in recent times, sports has become so complicated, that it is now equated with politics.
Sports is stress these days. A Malaysian veteran sports official recently remarked that sports is a good thing, but when someone gets involved in it, it makes people bad!
Malaysian sports without doubt is following the trend, as there is heavy politics in sports, squabbles, jealousy, back stabbing, greediness, corrupt practices, selfishness and above all, no fair play at all.
What prompted me to blog on this matter was when a conversation with another veteran sports official about an association which I had the highest respect for and wished that other sports associations will emulate them.
But little did I realise that beneath all that goodness, the ugly side still existed in an association which I held in high esteem all this while.
This association is a case of a sports which rose from zero to hero.
Thanks to a great leader who had so much passion for the sports, a true professional, a no nonsense personnel and who did so much for the sports, the association attained the high standards in such a short time.
One would not have imagined that this sports association, would be suddenly making the headlines for all the wrong reasons.
This sport had attained world-class standard and is a respected worldwide.
Their officials under this able leader, were equally professional and worked towards one common goal - to see the sports become a winner. Yes, these officials had power - the power to work. They were the servants to the association.
There were no personal glories or agendas sought by these officials.
However, when an association is doing well in the sports, financially sound, gets all the publicity and moves into the high profile area, it attracts many people who come to not only share the limelight, but with the interest to get something in return and with agendas.
To make matters worse, the players who have who have been nurtured to became world class players, become prima donnas overnight, challenge authority, team comradeship is thrown out of the window and players' power rule rears its ugly head.
That is the last thing an association with such creditable needs, but it happened.
Officials who have dedicated themselves to work for the association in the name of sports, are accused of all sorts of things, other officials join in fracas to capitalise on situations and it is chaos in the association.
The image of the association and officials are tarnished among the world fraternity overnight and to add spice to the drama, media reports are not factual, sides are taken and everything which took years to build, is in ashes.
Then we have bodies who are suppose to be neutral and aid sports associations, taking sides and playing Godfathers, to add further confusion to the sport.
Attempts to salvage whatever is possible in the name of sports by a leader who a gentleman of the highest order, is not given the due respect.
I really cannot come to terms that this association had been dragged through mud, despite being among the best managed bodies.
This piece of news, really has shattered whatever little hope I had for Malaysian sports.
Sports has become a vicious circle and has left me asking myself, what chance do other lesser sports and sports who are still struggling to find their footing, have?
It is indeed a sad day for Malaysian sports and with each passing day, the true spirit and pureness of sports is lost, as it sinks further into turmoil and controversy.
Whether even divine intervention can save Malaysian sports is a big question mark now!