BAD WEEK FOR IMRAN

Olympic Council of Malaysia president Tunku Tan Sri Imran Tuanku Jaafar seems to be getting one bad news to another for the past week.
 
First it was when squash lost its bid to be included into the 2020 Olympics, beaten into third spot by eventual winner Wrestling and Baseball/Softball who put in a joint bid.
 
Imran was a prime supporter for the inclusion of squash but ironically his Vice President at OCM, Dato Low Beng Choo presented the case for the inclusion of Baseball/Squash at the International Olympic Council General assembly.
 
The second blow for Tunku Imran came at the elections of the International Olympic Committee where he was defeated in the first round of voting for a seat in the Executive Board that was vacated by Singapore’s Ng Ser Miang whose eight-year tearm came to an end.
 
Imran was out-voted by Canada’s Dick Pound and 1976 Montreal Olympic rowing bronze medallist Anita DeFrantz of United States of America. She went on to beat Pound, former President of the World Anti-Doping Agency, by one just one, polling 41 to his 40.
 
Then news filtered in that the members of the Commonwealth Games Federation have initiated a campaign to call for an Extra Ordinary Meeting of the CGF to re-look the proposed shifting of the CGF Headquarters from London to Kuala Lumpur.
 
This comes in wake of the failed attempt at the CGF Assembly where members unanimously opposed the decision that was conveyed to them as a “fait accompli” prior to consulting the member states in General Assembly, which is the supreme policy-making organ of the CGF.
 
As such, this decision taken by the CGF was deemed not to be in keeping with the rules of procedures and modalities of functioning of the CGF and a stay of such decisions was unanimously voted by the General Assembly, until an Extra Ordinary General Assembly meeting is convened in the near future to further discuss the issue.
 
And such a move to convey an EGM will surely be news that Imran could well rue in a week where all has gone wrong.