Olympics Failure : Making the right decisions

Unable to sleep after watching yet another exit of our Hockey team from the Olympics, I told myself that while it was going to be painful for some to read this, the facts had to be laid bare.

While some rant over the social media on the trials and tribulations or the emotional roller coaster they went through over the last few years, spare a thought though for our keeper S. Kumar.

What will be going through his mind?

He probably has a world record that he does not want – failed to make the Olympics on five different qualification events, right from 2004, 208, 2012,2016 abd now 2020.

It’s probable time for him to “ hang up his pads” and the same would apply to the likes of Mohd Razie Rahim, Shukri Mutalib, Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin Tg Jalil, Marhan Jalil, Nabil Fiqri Mohd Noor, Faiz Jeli and Faizal Saari.

These right players have served the nation with distinction but really should now take a long and hard look at themselves and the future.

It is they that have to decide the path they want to take after this failure in London.

Yes we will lose a lot of experiences players at one go, in fact these players attribute to a combined total of 1,935, averaging of 242 caps each.

Let’s look at what Hockey has over the next few years.

We will now go through the process of qualification for the 2022 World Cup ( which will be held in July 2022 or Jan 2023 – depending on who gets to host it.$.

Then there is the 2022 Asian Games as well which serves as the qualifiers for the 2024 Paris Olympics

And in between all this we will have the Asian Champions Trophy ( 2020) and Asia Cup ( 2021).

The Asia Cup provides the first qualifying ticket to the World Cup as will the Asian Games for the Olympics.

So players need to ask themselves, do they have the drive and passion to last at least another 48 months of gruelling training and sacrifices?

Missing out on the Olympics will surely affect our world rankings that some could not stop boasting about – making it sound as if it was the be all in world Hockey.

Now we are 11th in the world, but as coach Roelant Oltmans put it, there is really nothing to shout about as we are not consistent and are not in major tournaments. And that matters.

Let’s look at the ranking points of teams around us

10 – Canada – 1325

11 – Malaysia – 1218

12 – France – 1118

13 – Ireland – 1093

14 – S. Africa – 1043

15 – Japan – 905.

We can expect Canada to move further ahead as they qualified and South Africa could overtake us with Japan closing in on us after the Tokyo Olympics.

Se we could be in the region of 12/13 by this time next year.

We were fortunate that France and Ireland lost out on Olympic qualification as we could have gone to a low as 14 had they made the cut,

But while some pride themselves at these numbers, to me they are just numbers.

It’s being consistent what matters and that we are not.

Now let’s look at the financial implications on the qualification process.

The coach does not come cheap and let’s put a figure of RM1.5 million since he was hired after the 2018 Jakarta Asian Games.

It was reported that a sum of RM1.7 million was invested in this team since the near miss at Jakarta a year ago.

And that is not taking into account the monthly allowance paid by NSC which let’s say is in the region of RM100k per month, adding another RM1.2 million.

So a rough estimate is a total sum of RM 4.4 million was spent in this team over the part 14 months.

It is unfair to blame the players and ask them to solely accept responsibility for this failure.

The team officials and those decision makers need to be accountable and take responsibility.

But will Aboy one of them seek the answers from within themselves and do the right thing – to let others do the job as you have failed to deliver,

Accepting responsibility has two basic components.

The first accepting personal responsibility – which is taking ownership of your own behavior and the consequences of that behavior.

Until you accept responsibility for your actions or failures, it’ll be very difficult for you to develop self-respect or even have the respect of others.

The second component of accepting responsibility is indirect responsibility. It involves moving beyond yourself and taking action to help people or situations around you that call for assistance.

While this component – indirect responsibility – may not rise to the level of personal responsibility, it does reveal something about your character and the type of person you are.

So we now play the wait and see game.

Will conscience lead those who made promises to stick to their promises or will it be the case of by popular demand.

I always wondered why there was the majority vote and popular vote.

And now it gets more confusing when both are combined – with a clear lack of responsibility, accountability and governance.

And to those flying back, use the hours in the plane to search your conscience, here I do not mean the players, but you know who you are.