A volleyball coach was recently caught on camera slapping two 14 girls during a volleyball match in Johor after they lost a point against their opponents. The incident has since gone viral online with many netizens condemning the coach for physical abuse.
The incident has also attracted the attention of Youth and Sports Minister Hannah Yeoh and Education Minister Fadhlina Sidek and they promised to look into the matter.
However, it seems that some believed that the coach made a slight mistake and the matter should be put to rest after he apologised.
According to Harian Metro, Melaka Exco and Melaka Youth Development, Sports, and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) committee chairman V.P Shanmugam said the coach began leading the players when they were in primary school and that the incident was the first.
“He is a very dedicated coach and teacher who has coached the Under-14 team not just for a day or two, but since their primary school days and treats his players like his own children.”
“The act of slapping shouldn’t have happened, but when entering the competition as a coach and a player’s performance dropped, it may have made him angry (to slap them) but not to the point of injuring them. Furthermore, this is the first time the Melaka volleyball team had made it to the semi-finals,” he said.
The coach has apologised right after the tournament
Meanwhile, he said that the coach had since apologised to the players involved right after the tournament in Kota Tinggi, Johor, which ended on 16 December.
He added that the coach had also met with the parents of both teenagers to apologise for his action and clear the air on what had happened during the incident.
“I think that the case has been solved after the teenagers and their parents voluntarily accepted the apology from the coach. Thus, no police report was lodged over the incident,” he said.
Shanmugam also said that a full report on the case was submitted to the National Sports Council yesterday (2 January) and that the Melaka Sports Council would make a decision this Wednesday either to suspend the coach or otherwise.
“If we can find ways to resolve the issue amicably, no action will taken against the coach in the case,” he said.
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