Olympics 2021: OCM hope for fairness in determining remaining qualifiers

The Olympic Council of Malaysia while pleased on the extension of qualification for the Tokyo Olympics , hope that the International Federations will adopt the principle of fairness.

At the same time OCM welcomes the decision made by IOC to recognise those who had already qualified prior to the Tokyo Olympics moved from 2020 to 2021 due to Covid 19.

“ We had a video conference with the IOC and the rest of the Member Associations,” said OCM President Dato Seri Norza Zakaria.

“ While the dates are yet to be fixed, most were opting for a summer Olympics rather then a spring, although some were pushing hard for the spring option.

“ The summer option is better , giving more time for the qualification process to be held.

“ A task force has been set up to study various factors in determining the dates.

“ More importantly we have an opportunity to increase our qualifiers and this will now depend on the International Federations to determine the processes as well as places available.”

And in an immediate response Sports Minister Dato Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican welcomed the decision.

“ We will work closely with OCM on this matter,” replied Reezal in a text message.

It is the qualification process and the fairness factor that is of a major concern.

“ This is something for the International Federations to determine,” clarified Norza who is also the President of the Badminton Association of Malaysia.

“ But some athletes who have not qualified cannot be complacent just because they have a lifeline or second chance to qualify.

“ For instance some badminton players were given many tournaments to make the grade but they still failed to make the grade.

“ And we hope that BWF will give priority to postponed events that were to be initially used in the qualification process over other tournaments and this could be planned towards the end of the year.”

There was further good news for the 14 Athletes on the IOC Solidarity Scholarship.

“ Malaysia has a total of fourteen (14) athletes receiving the Olympic Solidarity scholarships,” said Norza.

“ Olympic Solidarity scholarships to athletes which was due to end in July 2020, will now continue till the Olympic Games. “

The 14 Athletes are as follows:

Badminton

Goh Soon Huat, Goh Jin Wei, Shevon Lai, Lee Zhi Jia,

Diving

Pandalela Rinong, Cheong Jun Hong

Cycling

Mohd Azizul Hasni Awang, Mohd Shah Firdaus

Sailing

Khairulnizam Mohd Afendy, Nur Shazrin Mohd Latif

Athletics

Zaidatul Husnah Zulkifli, Mohd Hakimi Ismail

Swimming

Welson Sim, Phee Jing En