And we wonder why our athletes lack character ...
... because they just can't seem to express themselves.
1. Character is important in sports. It builds confidence and ownership of an athlete to the sport. Basically, those who ooze character are passionate about the sport they represent.
2. But there is obviously no place for rude athletes, regardless how good they are. Having said that, it is no rocket science to single out an "arrogant / harmless" comment compared to a downright "rude" comment.
3. Athletes speaking out against organisations or even world federations are not new. They are entitled to speak for they are the reason the sport is alive - not the officials.
4. In March, all 28 members of the current US women's football team sued the US Soccer Federation for gender discrimination. The same month, Athletics Kenya lambasted a decision by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) to scrap the 5,000 metres from the Diamond League programme as “illegitimate”. At last year's US Open, Serena Williams was fined $17,000 was calling an umpire a thief and a liar in the final. She was not suspended for expressing herself as her outburst drew sympathisers and critics alike.
5. Back home, Sambo Malaysia athletes were informed they will not see action at the year end Manila SEA Games, even under B2 category (self funded, no reimbursements if medal won). Sambo athletes were denied a ticket to the regional Games because they were accused of not having development at the grassroots. But Malaysia Sambo Association insists there is development at the lower levels.
6. This led to Sambo exponent Mirage Khan expressing himself on social media. He apparently said: