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Podium Programme post mortem a 'fait accompli'?

Fait accompli.

That was the message I received from an official who attended the two-day post mortem on the Podium Programme that ended today.

To the uninitiated, fait accompli means:

Another message I got during the two-day event was:

"Why is it even being called a post mortem? A post mortem is an investigation that is done following a death. Is the Podium Programme dead?"

Interpretations. Presumptions. Assumptions. It's amazing how the human mind works.

And the lack of clarity adds on to the suspense of the true reason why only the Podium Programme (a programme parked under the National Sports Institute), and not our whole sporting eco-system, is being scrutinised.

I believe my past articles are self-explanatory - evident that those responsible in elevating the standards of sporting excellence in Malaysia have failed to do so. They should all come under the microscope.

And the lack of proper communication by revealing facts and figures have only added on to the drama …
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How much spent on Kita Juara? Has it failed too?

The focus seems to be on the Podium Programme for obvious reasons.
After all, those behind the programme had set high targets but have to date failed twice – failing to finish top ten in both the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games.
While the knives are out for those behind the Podium Programme, a programme under the National Sports Institute, let’s not forget another programme under the National Sports Council – Kita Juara.
On Sept 7, 2015, The Star (in its article ‘Kita Juara’programme launched in bid for SEA Games glory') quoted former Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin as saying:
“The ‘Kita Juara’ programme will lay the foundation for future success ... it’s not short-sighted.
“There’s no point becoming overall winners at the 2017 SEA Games and then let it all go downhill once more.” 
Malaysia became the overall winners at last year’s SEA Games – winning 145 gold medals, 92 silver medals and 86 bronze medals (total 323 medals). 
It went downhill after the SEA Games as M…

'Reveal Podium Programme facts and figures'

Datuk Sieh Kok Chi, the former Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) secretary, has written the second part of his mid-term review of the Podium Programme.
For the uninitiated, Kok Chi - a former engineer with the Irrigation and Drainage Department of Malaysia and represented the country in water polo - has served Malaysian sports for decades, mainly through OCM.
Here are his views, as emailed to Foul! minutes ago:

Mid term review of the Podium Programme - Part II
After publishing my review of the Podium Programme, I received many views, comments and requests for clarifications, which I feel I should respond. The main questions asked were as follows:
What was the actual budget and how much had been spent and on what?Why was Podium Program staff paid higher salaries than other the National Sports Institute (NSI) and National Sports Council (NSC) staff?With regards to the workshop on the Podium Programme scheduled Sept 13 and 14 2018, is it fair for NSI or NSC to be reviewing…

How much was really spent on Podium Programme?

Let's look at the newspaper reports since the Podium Programme was launched in 2016.

Feb 2, 2016

Podium Programme takes off with aim to win 2020 Olympics gold (The Star)

"The ambitious programme will involve 97 athletes and 36 coaches from 21 sports. All in, the Government will spend RM75mil this year."

Oct 22, 2016

RM1.2b for sports development (Daily Express)

"In addition, a sum of RM70 million has also been allocated for the Elite Sports Podium Development Programme to prepare athletes for international sports events."

Sept 5, 2018

Podium safe for now Minister says it would be an injustice to axe Podium Programme (The Star)

"In comparison, Malaysia only spent a total of RM170mil on the Podium Programme since it was launched in 2016.

The National Sports Institute (NSI) chief executive officer Dr Khairi Zawi chipped in and said: “The RM170mil is spent for training, competitions and training allowance for athletes and coaches.”

NOTE: Sept 12, 2018 (10.32am) - After …

Kok Chi: Malaysia achieving first Olympic gold medal at Tokyo 2020 Games rather bleak

Just got off the phone with former Olympic Council of Malaysia secretary Datuk Sieh Kok Chi regarding his commentary on his Facebook page. Reproducing it here after obtaining his approval.
Mid Term Review of the Podium Programme
I am sure most Malaysians are aware Malaysia has won 6 Olympic Games silver medals and 2 bronze medals in badminton, one silver and one bronze medal in diving and one bronze medal in track cycling, since the Barcelona 1992 Olympic Games.
Unfortunately, Malaysia has yet to win its first Olympic Games gold medal. On the other hand, Malaysia’s neighbours, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam have already won Olympic Games gold medals. This, it has always been the top priority of Malaysia to win its first Olympic Games gold medal.
The former Minister of Youth and Sports, Khairy Jamaluddin made it his target to win Malaysia’s first gold medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. In November 2014, the minister commissioned a team of Australian experts to study an…

Podium Programme info 'missing'?

Nadi Arena Analisis Sukan Asia Jakarta-Palembang 2018 producer Lukman Salleh and I were searching for information regarding the Podium Programme on the National Sports Institute (NSI) website. And we couldn't find anything.
After my show on Astro Arena (live 9pm-10pm daily till Sept 2 on channel 800 and 803HD), I tried visiting NSI's website again and still can't seem to find any info regarding the Podium Programme, unlike before.
We tried clicking under Info Korporat followed by 'Program Podium' (listed under the 'Bahagian' section) and were redirected to the landing page instead.
Thankfully I have screened shot information regarding the Podium Programme's objectives, as documented in my previous articles:
April 15, 2018: Walk the talk April 17, 2018: Sports programme galore - success of waste of tax payers' money?

It's baffling that such crucial information is 'missing' from the website.
It gives the impression that certain quarters d…

Story behind Fight of Champions

On Tuesday, professional boxer Farkhan Haron and I were invited to be on RTM's Planet Sukan as we spoke about boxing.

As we stepped out of the studio right after the show, I asked Farkhan why didn't he fight in the recent Fight of Champions?

"Technical issues" was his brief reply followed by a smile. He refused to elaborate further.

Farkhan is sponsored by Tunku Ismail. He also said this during Tuesday's live show on TV1.

And here's what I learnt hours earlier.

Tunku Ismail Ibrahim was supposed to be involved in the fight but the deal between him and Manny Pacquiao but a "disagreement of certain terms" resulted in the Crown Prince of Johor opting out from the event.

I wrote, on March 9, that Manny had visited Tunku Ismail twice late last year over the possibility of organising a boxing match.

Later, there were concerns that the organiser MP Production did not engage a local organiser, a requirement stated in the Sports Development Act 1997, forcing…