NO anonymous comments. Please use Google Account, OpenID or Name/URL. Pseudonym accepted. Thank you]OUR sports officials set for themselves a modest target of eight gold at the just concluded Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea.
I say modest because there were 439 events at the games and we were a mid-level participants.
For that purpose of that very modest campaign, the country sent a 276-strong contingent headed by (Datuk) Danyal Balagopal Abdullah.
|"It is just that in some events we were rather unlucky," Balagopal|
They came home with only five gold medals and collected 14 silver and 14 bronze. In Commonwealth Games, the target was seven gold but they managed six.
That, according to a Sunday Star report, did not stop Balagopal from being satisfied. (Read more here).
I suppose when you aim low, you will naturally be satisfied when your achievement is not far off that low target. So five out of eight may not sound terribly bad.
To justify further the contingent’s lacklustre performance, Balagopal threw in what Malaysians are good at – blaming it on luck.
“It is just that in some events we were rather unlucky. Otherwise, it (eight-gold target) could have been achieved. I do not think that we made a mistake in setting eight as our target,” he told a press conference.
I guess, if our country’s sports officials, starting with Sports Minister, and their charges think that luck is important they should give up competitive sports and concentrate on gambling.
Then again, even in judi, I believe, knowledge and expertise are important.
Granted that we are not in the league of giants like China, the host South Korea, Japan, Kazakhstan and Iran, but to be beaten by smaller participants like Qatar, Bahrain and Hong Kong is an insult. MALU.
In terms of gold, Malaysia is on par with Singapore and Mongolia. Malaysians are very familiar with these two nations. Singapore has 5.6 million people and Mongolia three million.
Of course we are not bad at all if we compare ourselves to other low achievers and non-performers.
In fact, we can beat our chests until they are blue and black because we did better than the more populous Indonesia, Philippines, Pakistan and Bangladesh. On per capita, we are better than India.
And thank you to BH Ahad for asking “Gagal atau Nasib?” (Failed or Luck?).
My verdict is we FAILED and our stance on losing the wushu gold due to doping is shameful and lacking sportsmanship.