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Changes, things will always be the same

WHEN something is not doing well, we introduce changes.

When something is doing well, we implement more changes.

Even when nothing is happening, we will still say change-lah.

We love changes, whether it makes any sense or otherwise. The question remains — will the changes solve the very many issues at hand?

Many new direction, directives and policies have been implemented at various levels within the local sports scene. We had the implementation of the 1Student 1Sport policy by the Education Ministry in 2011. It was to see the participation of more students in sports. I, among the very many, was skeptical over the new directive for a similar policy was seen in the 1990s where every student was supposed to partake in one club, one uniformed body and one sporting activity. Yet, it did not address the fact that students were very much academically inclined and the lack of playing space and equipment further frustrated the cause.

It is of no different now.

A KL-based school teacher, when met up recently, said: "The fact remains our school does not have a field. We do not have adequate playing space and equipment. This leaves a huge bulk of the students sitting at the sidelines. On paper they are participating in a particular sport for a solid hour but in reality they spend less than 10 minutes sweating it out."

Then we have the issues at the national level. The FA of Malaysia, despite the very many meetings, ideas and years of experience organising the M-League, were still unable to provide the fixtures of the new season in advance. The schedule for the 2014 M-League season was only released on Jan 8 — nine days before the Super and Premier Leagues kick off.

Why the delay?

Then we have the Badminton Association of Malaysia. Despite the constant talk of bridging the gap between the junior and elite teams and introducing changes internally, the fact remains the sport will be wiped out from our backpages for at least a decade the minute world No 1 Lee Chong Wei hangs his racquet for good. What happened to the grand plans or unearthing the next best Malaysian shuttler?

Read more in Haresh Says today.


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