Sports Ministry looking at new method to resolve impasse of bickering national bodies

Trying diplomacy is the way in which Youth and Sports Minister Dato Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican is hoping time use in trying to resolve disputes in national sports bodies.

And if that fails, then he is contemplating introducing a “ competing claim solution to overcome the impasse before referring the matter to the Dispute Resolution Panel as provided for in the amended Sports Development Act 1997.

The Minister revealed this during his hour long appearance on RTM’s Bicara Naratif on Sunday night.

“ I am aware of several associations having issues with regards to who is the legitimate body of that sport,” said Dato Seri Reezal.

“ Firstly we need to check on their status with the International Federation governing the sport as well as affiliation with the Olympic Council of Malaysia.

“ Next we will count on diplomacy to resolve the issue and if that fails then we need to consider using a new method called Connoting Claim to resolve it.

“ I am studying the mechanism of this and might introduce it after discussions with OCM and the Sports Commissioner.”

Amongst these sports I’d Pétanque, Ice Skating, Kabbadi and Dance Sports.

Karate has however seen their matter being referred to the courts

The competing claim is often used by international bodies that have issues with two or more national bodies seeking affiliation with the international bodies.

All aggrieved parties are given an opportunity to present their cases in writing with supporting documents and an independent panel is then formed to look into the matter and come up with a decision.

Dato Seri Reezal also revealed that a re-look into the sports Budget this year was necessary given the disruption of spirting activities due to the Covid 19 situation.

“ We need to recalibrate the Budget for sports and see how best athletes can benefit in their preparations for international competitions,” added the Minister.

“ I have spoken to the Prime Minister on the need for a package to help the sports industry who have been severely affected with the current situation.

“ Right from manufacturers of sports good, retailers, venue owners , everyone has been affected including the sports associations.”

And for Tokyo Olympics, the Minister was optimistic that some 35 Athletes will make the grade to be in Tokyo next year.

“ We have 12 that have qualified and I believe Badminton could contribute another 12,” said the Kepala Batas MP.

“ Preparing those qualified is vital as well as helping out those trying to achieve the Olympic dream via the various qualification provers.•