OCM Panel to submits report Monday

On Monday, the special independent Panel set up by the Olympic Council of Malaysia will hand over their report/findings/recommendation to the OCM President Dato Seri Mohd Norza Zakaria.

Led by none other then Tan Sri M. Jegathesan, the panel comprises on some housed names in Malaysian sports, individuals who have excelled at the highest level be as an athlete or administrator.

The members of the Panel besides Jega are Dato Wira Mazlan Ahmad ( former Director General NSC) Dato Dr Ramlan Aziz ( Former CEO ISN, former NSC DG and current head of Adamas) , Tan Sri Dr. Ibrahim Saad ( Former FAM Secretary General, Former Chairman Sports Advisory Panel), Dato Sieh Kok Chi ( Former Secretary General OCM(, Col (R) Wong Ah Jit ( Former Executive Secretary SRAM ), Nurul Huda Abdullah ( Former national swimmer) and Maninderjit Singh ( double Olympian in hockey and Former MHF General Manager)..

The Panel met every Monday since it was formed in September and had completed their findings and prepared their report by early November.

Among others the duties of the Panel were to cone out with a guideline on the selection of athletes and sports for the various multi sports events as well as the selection of chef De missions plus secretarial officials as well.

This came about after the OCM Executive Board discussed and voiced their concern with regards to the failures of several sports at the Jakarta/Palembang Asian Games.

Despite sending its biggest contingent to an Asian Games meet, the outcome was deplorable and OCM had handpicked the panel to review the decades old policy on selection and streamline it to ensure that only those who deserved to go actually were sent and the days of OCM merely being a travel agent to facilitate participation was curtailed.

It is learnt that the Panel had discussed in depth and studied all the scenarios and cane up with a comprehensive report.

What was more impressive, unlike other panels, no statements mere made and there was no leakages on what was discussed, this further adding to the credibility of the Panel of distinguished minds in sports.

After Norza is briefed on Monday, the report is expected to be tabled at the OCM Executive Board Meeting on Tuesday for approval.

And here it is where it might get a bit tricky as it’s apparent that some Board members might object to stringent measures to be imposed as unlike the past the new selection committee is expected to be independent, thus the Board Members will not be able to dictate terms,

However if sports and the image of the country is of paramount importance then the Board ought to approve the proposal

As this will once and for all prevent those on Category B to owe monies to OCM after returning from multi sports events,

Let’s see which direction the OCM Board heads.