OCM Weekly Highlights
22nd August 2010
OCM Official Website: www.olympic.org.my
2010 Malaysia International Ice Hockey Tournament – 22nd to 25th September 2010 at Sunway Pyramid Ice, Bandar Sunway. Time – all day.
16th OCM Executive Board Meeting – 21st September 2010 at 4.30 p.m. at OCM Boardroom.
2010 Olympic Day Run – 26th September 2010 at 7.30 p.m. at Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur.
158th OCM Council Meeting – 30th October 2010 at 9.30 p.m. at Level 2C, Wisma OCM Phase II.
Malaysian Waterski & Wakeboard Championship Round 4 – 12th to 14th November 2010 at Precinct 6, Putrajaya.
7th Junior Under-16 (Boys & Girls) National Championship – 20th to 22nd November 2010 at Ipoh, Perak
8h OCM-Tan Sri Alex Lee Charity Golf Tournament 2010 – 1st December 2010 at the Saujana Golf and Country Club.
MAJOR SPORTS EVENTS 2010
1st Youth Olympic Games 2010 – 14th to 26th August 2010, Singapore.
CGF General Assembly 2010 – 2nd October 2010 at Ashok Hotel, Delhi.
XIX Commonwealth Games Delhi 2010 – 3rd to 14th October 2010, Delhi, India
XVII ANOC General Assembly 2010 – 20th to 22nd October 2010 at Acapulco, Mexico.
1st World Olympic Sport Convention – 23rd October 2010 at Acapulco, Mexico.
NOCs/IOC Executive Board Joint Meeting – 24th October 2010 at Acapulco, Mexico.
16th Asian Games Guangzhou 2010 – 12th to 27th November 2010, Guangzhou, China
29th Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) General Assembly 2010 -13th November 2010 at the Garden Hotel Guangzhou.
2nd Asian Beach Games Muscat 2010 – 8th to 16th December 2010, Muscat, Oman.
7th Asian Winter Games 2011, Astana-Almaty, Kazakhstan – 30th January to 6th February
The Office Bearers and members of OCM wish to extend our condolences to the family of the late Mr. Koh Guan Kiat, who passed away peacefully on 13th August 2010 at the age of 74 years.
The late Mr. Koh Guan Kiat, was a former Malaysian FIFA referee and Football Association of Selangor Referees Board Chairman. While everyone remembers him as a great Football referee,
the late Mr. Koh Guan Kiat was also a good Football player, having represented the Selangor Chinese Recreation Club (SCRC) and also played Football at State level.
1st Youth Olympic Games 2010
Congratulations to Pandelela Rinong for winning the Silver medal in the Women’s 10m Platform Diving on 21st August 2010 at the 1st Youth Olympic Games, Singapore. She thus became the first Malaysian woman athlete to win an Olympic medal. Pandelela Rinong has another opportunity to win an Olympic medal, when she participates in the Women’s 3m Springboard Diving event on 23rd August 2010.
YAM Tunku Tan Sri Imran ibni Almarhum Tuanku Ja’afat Interview with The Star
The Star has agreed to feature a series of six interviews with YAM Tunku Tan Sri Imran ibni Almarhum Tuanku Ja’afar, President of the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) and IOC Member, on OCM as well as sports development in Malaysia. The first interview was published in The Star on Thursday, 19th August 2010. The interview was carried out by Ms. Rajes Paul. A brief summary of the important matters brought up by the President of OCM in the interview are shown below:-
On the role of the National Sports Council (NSC), YAM Tunku Tan Sri Imran ibni Almarhum Tuanku Ja’afar, stated that government established NSC to support sports in the country, mostly by providing funds and not to run sport. As such, he advised the national sports associations (NSAs) to establish an agreement with NSC as to what exactly the government wants in return for the money invested in them (NSAs). He added that NSAs are totally responsible and accountable for the success and failures of their athletes.
On Autonomy, the President of OCM stated that NSAs should be allowed to do what they need to do to ensure their athletes achieve success. At the same time autonomy does not mean that the NSAs could do as they like and spend government’s money without showing any accountability. As such, he stressed the importance for NSAs to have a close working relationship with the NSC.
On whether a NSA could stand on its own feet and survive in Malaysia, YAM Tunku Tan Sri Imran ibni Almarhum Tuanku Ja’afar, said that financial independence strengthened the independent voice of sport, which underlined the independence of the NSAs. He added that some NSAs were too dependent on NSC for funds and as such, sometimes, they were in no position to decide on matters on their own. He felt that NSAs are too dependent on only one source of income (NSC) and hoped that they would look for more sources of income in order to be more independent.
On the role of OCM when an athlete felt that he/she was being unfairly treated by his/her NSA, the President of OCM stated that OCM has a dispute resolution process and that OCM would be happy to assist any athlete or member to settle their grievances through mediation or arbitration.
On how effective is OCM’s role in solving issues between athletes and their NSAs, YAM Tunku Imran ibni Almarhum Tuanku Ja’afar said that OCM could establish all the rules and code of ethics, but unfortunately OCM has no way to enforce the rules, but could only offer advice.
On the question of whether there is anyone bigger than sports, the President of OCM stated that there would be not issues if everyone knew his/her role. He stressed on the importance of volunteers as without them, the Country would have to spend billions to develop sport. As such he felt that volunteers must be given due respect, for sacrificing their time and money for sport, with their only reward being the feelings that they have done well. He expressed his admiration for the volunteers, and felt that due to a couple of bad apples, it was unfair to blame all volunteers as the cause of the drop in standard of sport in Malaysia.
(Questions and comments on the interviews could be mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org)
2010 IOC Trophy: “Sport – inspiring young people”
Since 1985, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has made available to all NOCs an annual IOC Trophy, each year with a different theme. The NOCs are responsible for identifying and selecting a recipient of the Trophy in their countries.
For the year 2010, the title of the IOC Trophy is “Sport – inspiring young people”. The Trophy will be presented to any athlete, official, organisation and other people, who are involved in sport, who are role models and an inspiration to young people.
OCM has the pleasure to invite NSAs, Media and the public to nominate candidates for consideration to be the recipient of the 2010 Trophy, which will be presented at the XVIII OCM Annual Dinner in December 2010. The closing date for nomination is 30th September 2010.
2010/2011 IOC Award for Sport and the Environment
The IOC Commission for Sport and Environment, launched the second edition of the IOC Sport and Environment Award 2010-2011 on 16th August 2010. The Award is open to individuals, groups and organisations nominated by or through National Olympic Committees, Recognised Organisations, International Federations and Continental Associations.
Winners of the Award, one from each continent will be invited to the 9th World Conference for Sport and Environment to be held in Doha, Qatar in 2011. Their return air ticket (economy class) and hotel accommodation will be met by the IOC.
The categories in which nominations could be made are as follows:
- Design and/or construction of sports facilities
- Protection and enhancement of biodiversity or cultural heritage through sport
- Environmental education or raising sports community awareness on environmental and sustainability issues
- Management of sport events, facilities or clubs
- Media coverage and production of material to promote sustainability in sport
- Agenda 21 initiatives incorporating sustainable sport practises
- Achieving Millennium Development Goal (MDG) No. 7 of ensuring environmental
- sustainability through the use of sport
- Acting on the XIII Olympic Congress Recommendations Nos. 19 and 36
Nominations will be submitted on the official entry form (could be obtained from OCM) and endorsed by the President or Secretary General of a National Olympic Committee, Recognised
Organisation, International Federation or Continental Association. All entries must be received in French or English and should describe and document the following points:
- Identification and significance of project
- Clear, measurable and ambitious goals
- Fulfilment of goals and benefits realized
- Forecast of future benefits
- Replication – actual and planned replication
- Engagement with stakeholders on sport environmental performance
- Recognition from stakeholders
- Independent verification of performance
All those interest to submit nominations may obtain the entries form from the Olympic Council of Malaysia. The closing date for nomination is 15th January 2011.