Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Malaysia Olympic Council denies claims of corruption, but M’sians think otherwise

NewsMalaysia Olympic Council denies claims of corruption, but M'sians think otherwise

The Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) has urged the newly appointed Deputy Youth and Sports Minister Adam Adli to explain his allegations of corruption in the national sports bodies.

According to Bernama, OCM president Tan Sri Mohamad Norza Zakaria said that Adli’s claim of massive corruption within the sports fraternity was uncalled for, unfair and prejudicial as they had succeeded in producing world champions throughout the decades.

“As the umbrella body of 57 national sports associations, the OCM is deeply disappointed with Adam Adli’s statement which was not fully justified and not backed by evidence.”

“Rightfully, Adam Adli should engage stakeholders before coming up with a blanket statement that reflects his poor understanding of the existing structure,” he said.

Norza then pointed out that several of its sports associations have been recognised as models of best practices and good governance and that they had raised the profile of sports in the country by producing world-beaters in badminton, cycling, diving, bowling and silat.

“Although the sports associations are far from perfect and work within constraints, you cannot paint us with the same brush. Undoubtedly, there are weaknesses that need to be rectified but to claim that the sports fraternity is corrupt is prejudicial and immature,” Norza said.

Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) president Datuk Hamidin Mohd Amin said Adli should have engage the stakeholders before jumping to any conclusions.

Earlier, Adli alleged of corruption in the country’s sports as a main roadblock for our athletes to reach new heights.

“We have many world class athletes, not a few who managed to bring gold for the country at international championships, but usually when we go in depth, most of the time there is corruption, so we have to deal with this,” he said.

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It’s not a joke and it exists

Meanwhile, netizen think that corruption does exist in the national sports bodies, with one claiming to be a victim of the broken system.

“YB Adam Adli is not wrong. I myself was a victim of such nonsense but not one government/national sporting body or the ex-sports minister did anything about it and didn’t even reach out to me to help,” the netizen said.

At the same time, some netizens asked why did the sports association became so defensive after Adli made the statement.

“YB didn’t specify any names. He is just giving reminder about corruption and bad practices in sports association. Why is this fellow triggered?” one netizen asked.

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