Hosting multi sports events, for Pete’s sake talk to Imran

If there was a world title for bidding of sports events, then Malaysia will be the undisputed champions, no two ways about it.

Barely had the euphoria died down on the joint ASEAN bid for the 2034 FIFA World Cup that we now are fed with news of potentially bidding for the 2030 Asian Games and yesterday the Selangor State Government chopped in with an announcement of wanting to bid for the 2026 Commonwealth Games.

Before we move on to more serious concerns with regards to the two proposed bids, can we at the very least seek the public disclosure of the accounts of the 1998 Commonwealth Games and the 2017 SEA Games.

Right from day one of taking over the reins of the government, the PH have time and again blamed the BN government for the poor financial management.

Mind I remind the readers that our national debt is almost reaching 1 trillion, not something to be proud off.

So firstly do we have the financial clout to organise three major sports events over a period of 8 years?

Let’s take a look at the bid for the Asian Games.

We made a bid to host the 2006 Asian Games but lost it.

Next was a prepared bid to replace Vietnam for the 2018 Asian Games.

However the then OCM President Tunku Tan Sri Imran Tuanku Jaffar had the hindsight to pull the plug when he realised that the cost will have a major impact on the country.

For the Commonwealth Games, there has always been the clarion call to organise it after the 1998 Commonwealth Games.

Admittedly we did well as a nation, both in terms of organisation as well as delivering medals.

But the medals were delivered due to a detailed Program Jaya initiated by Dato Wira Mazlan Ahmad.

Do we have anyone close to his ability to develop a program that could ensure success this time around given we have failed since 1998 with all the elaborate programs and highly paid foreign consultants?

Secondly why do we need to organise these multi sports games?

Do we need new sporting infrastructure?

Already with existing infrastructure we are struggling.

Look at all the stadiums built for even Sukma. Most end up as white elephants once the games are over.

They are what one calls the architects dream but engineers nightmare.

Just how many times have we read horror stories that roofs have been blown off, collapsed flooring, tiles that come off from these shoddy construction work.

When this PH government took over the reins of the country, they promised to do better governance in the clarion call of Malaysia Baru.

But more then a year after taking office had the Minister and his Deputy come out with new programs to uplift that quality and standard of sports in the country.

While the Minister week in and week our published photos on his social media on improvements at sports facilities in Muar his Deputy had yet to do anything on the abandoned artificial Hockey pitch at Bukit Mertajam.

Have these two ever met the national sports associations collectively to find out what ails our sports?

It have they sat with the OCM to discuss how the Ministry should view sports instead of hush depending on one sided reports from agencies.

We are known to be great hosts but when it comes to preparing reports after an event, we are shoddy, so much so reports are littered with errors or incomplete.

Anyone seen the financial report of the 1998 Commonwealth Games or the 2017 SEA Games?

Or whatever happened to the equipment bought for the 2017 SEA Games?

Individuals like Imran, Dato Low Beng Choo, Dato Sieh Kok Chi will be able to give vital information as to why we should think twice before bidding for hosting rights of multi sports events.

Ask yourself one question, why only between 10-13 nations bid for Games time and again.

Of the 80 odd countries, only 10 win the bulk of the gold medals.

Let’s just drop the idea and look towards improving spirts amongst our citizens, starting at schools.