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Shapawi, Salim or Yusof to run NSC

As published in Mailsport today

KUALA LUMPUR — Ahmad Shapawi Ismail, Datuk Salim Parlan and Datuk Yusof Jantan are the frontrunners for the National Sports Council (NSC) director-general post which will be announced tomorrow.

 Insiders say Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, while pleased with the trio, has yet to decide who will replace Datuk Seri Zolkples Embong.

“It’s down to Shapawi, Salim and Yusof. It’s close,” said a top ministry official.

Many feel Shapawi and former Sports Ministry deputy secretary-general (strategic) Salim are "well-versed" with the sports landscape and “best suited” for the job.

Shapawi was formerly with NSC but in June 17, 2013, he replaced Datuk Yassin Salleh as Sports Commissioner.

Yusof was once Malacca Mayor.

Critics argue placing Shapawi in the equation is wrong due to “camps” that exist in NSC.

It is an open secret Shapawi does not enjoy a cordial relationship with Zolkples and has close ties with former NSC director-general Datuk Wira Mazlan Ahmad — Zolkples’ mentor-turned-critic.
Zolkples became director-general in 2007, replacing Datuk Dr Ramlan Aziz, who is now the National Sports Institute chief executive officer.

The decision to remove Zolkples was made following the pathetic performances by the national contingents at the Commonwealth and Asian Games.

Malaysia returned with only six gold medals from the Glasgow Commonwealth Games — their worst performance in 20 years. They won 12 gold medals in New Delhi in 2010.

At the Asian Games, the 276-strong  contingent only delivered five gold, 14 silver and 14 bronze medals — also their worst performance in 20 years. — By Haresh Deol

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