OCM gets tough

A more stringent but clearly defined selection criteria for future multi sports events was approved by the OCM Executive Board today.

And the selection criteria will take effect immediately with the 2019 SEA Games in Manila being the first event to “ test” the effectiveness of the new guidelines.

In revealing some details of the criteria which was recommended by a special independent panel , OCM President Dato Seri Norza Zakaria said that it was high time for a review of the criteria given the many issues that arose in the past, in particular the 2018 Jakarta/Palembang Asian Games.

“ This document will now serve as the basis for selection of Athletes/ Officials to multi sports events,” said Norza at a press conference.

“ In the past there there has been unhappiness when Athletes are left out, but this document provides a clear indicator as to the transparency of our selection process.

“ The various national sports associations, Athletes. Officials should now familiarise themselves with the requirements before applying to be part of a multi sports event.”

The multi sports events have been put into four categories, namely World, Asian, South East Asian and Youth.

And the qualification standards have been made tougher to ensure only deserving athletes or sports are entered for the multi sports events.

For instance for the SEA Games, the qualifying mark is too 3 and has to be achieved within a 12 month period leading up to the games. And for inclusion into category B, the self funding, the qualifying mark is top 8.

Hence the notion of a precious gold medal winner in the games held in 2017 will no longer assure an athlete of an automatic spot.

For the Asian Games, the qualification standard is top 4 based on 12 months leading up to the games.

For category B though it is a bit more flexible as a top 16 timing/ranking will assure inclusion.

As for higher level Olympics, it is based on the qualification process set by the international federation or by invites received to participate.

“ The review was done after a period of 13 years with the last being in 2006,” added Norza

“ The selection criteria was first introduced in 1983.”

The independent panel comprised of personalities from various stakeholders, Administrators, Sports Science Experts, NSA Administrators as well as Ex Athletes.

The panel was not only well represented but had very experienced members well versed with sports in the country spanning several decades.

The panel was chaired by Tan Sri Dato Dr. M. Jegathesan and comprised of the following Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr. Ibrahim Saad

Datuk Wira Mazlan Ahmad, Dato’ Dr. Ramlan Abd Aziz, Dato’ Sieh Kok Chi, Lt. Col. Wong Ah Jit (rtd), Puan Nurul Huda Abdullah and Maninderjit Singh.

In a nutshell, the selection guidelines were necessary given the various issues with regards to participation and poor performances by some who slipped through the selection process in the past.

By a clear and defined monitoring system that spans over a fixed period, the key word here is for athletes to show consistency in their performances in order to justify their inclusion.

Another salient aspect of this revamped policy is that even officials for the contingent , be it Chef De Mission, Secretariat, Support Staff will be closely scrutinised in the selection process.

“ We intend to introduce a fully electronic method right from application, process, decision of the selection system” said Norza

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“ Towards this effect all applications will have to adhere strictly to timelines. Policies as well as qualification standards which will be available to all parties to view well in advance.”