After the 31st Sea Games closed its curtain in Hanoi, many were the things we were able to witness during the 16 days our athletes fought to take the country’s name. Despite the many issues that have arisen around the well-being of athletes and allocation to national sports, Malaysia still manages to place itself in sixth place on the medal list.
We managed to win 39 gold medals. crossed the medals goal this time. Our goal is to get 36 gold, 35 silver and 75 bronze medals. We managed to collect 39 golds, 45 silvers and 90 bronzes. This is an achievement we should be proud of, in addition to the many new talents that highlighted people’s potential. Some of our young athletes managed to set a record for the Games this time around. However, the allocation issue still haunts our sports industry. There is no solution?
Achievements in Vietnam are commendable, but only 11 sports reached the goal
As we mentioned earlier, we managed to reach the medal target for this sporting event. As expected, Vietnam emerged as the overall champion with a record 205-125-116 medals, which represents 39.05% of the 525 gold on offer. Thailand came in second with 15.54% (92-103-136), Indonesia 13.14% (69-91-81), Philippines 9.90% (52-70-104) and Singapore 8.95 % (47-46). -73).
Malaysia is in sixth place with 7.43% gold disputed. This is the second time that Malaysia has not been in the top five in the history of the Games organization since 1959. Datuk Nur Azmi as Head of the National Contingent concluded that only 11 sports managed to reach the goal and a further six sports failed out of 36 golds. targeted.
Swimming that should have won two golds only won one, archery (2/3), silat (2/3), petanque (0/2), e-sports (0/1) and bowling (0/1) . If you want to calculate, the goal must have been reached last Monday (May 16th).
But when that goal was not achieved, we had to recoup using bonus gold earned in eight sports, including golf, karate, wushu, taekwondo, shooting, cycling and gymnastics.
However, congratulations to all the athletes who overcame various obstacles such as COVID-19 and the parents who allowed them to train and compete during Ramadan and Eid” – as reported by Malaysiakini
However, it is not a sign of the melancholy of the country’s sports stars. The selection of young and new athletes to participate in this great event for the first time also highlights the talent and potential of the people. Of the 584 athletes representing the country this time around, 367 of them are first-time athletes participating in the SEA Games. 142 athletes managed to contribute medals – 15 gold, 21 silver, 44 bronze.
Of the 119 young athletes aged 21 and under, 81 athletes took the podium with 9 gold, 17 silver and 34 bronze. Almost half of the 225 female athletes also contributed 14 golds, 16 silvers and 34 bronzes. Some young athletes with good performance, such as swimmer Khiew Hoe Yean, 21, (1 gold, 3 silver, 1 bronze); karate athlete H. Sureeya Sankar, 20, (2 gold); and 15-year-old fencing athlete Kamalanathan Kaerlan Vinod (1 silver),
Rookie athletes such as female pole vaulter Nor Sarah Adi (gold) and diver Ong Ker Ying (1 gold, 1 silver) also stood out. With the next edition expected to take place in less than a year in Cambodia, we will start the preparatory work when we return home.
Athletes who win medals in Vietnam will have the primary option of starting a training program once we return home. We will also step up efforts to strengthen the training program at the state level, improve the quality of the Malaysia Games (Sukma) and review the development aspects of 19 major sports” – Ahmad Shapawi Ismail, Director General of the National Sports Council (MSN) , as reported by Malaysiakini
Faizal Azumu guided MSN to reassess the performance of senior athletes, the issue of attribution rose again
Minister of Youth and Sports, Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu instructed the NSC and all NSAs to re-evaluate the involvement of senior athletes and other athletes who failed to produce satisfactory results at the SEA Games this time around. For him, if we have to let go of these athletes… no matter how difficult the decision is, it has to be made.
“If we have to make a tough decision to drop them, we have to do it because what has to be done after that is channel allocations based on merit, not based on past reputation, which is no longer reflective of the latest strength. of a sport.
Do not be complacent with the ability to surpass the goal set this time, the 32nd edition in Cambodia will last less than a year, all preparations for the pursuit of glory must begin now. Make the rise of many young athletes who have proven their authority this time as a platform to ‘embody’ them” – as reported by Malaysiakini
Meanwhile, Watson Nyambek as the country’s former ‘sprint king’ and now the head coach of MSN Sarawak Miri division is of the opinion that the issue of adequate funding must be resolved in order to restore athletes’ performance. Due to the lack of adequate funding allocation, athletes receive less competitive exposure. This is one of the weaknesses of our athletes when they want to compete at the world level.
“Because of this pandemic, the exposure of competitions abroad is very low. Therein lies the significant weakness of our country’s athletes. Just two, just three foreign (national) competitions, that was not enough. At least five and above So our athletes are lacking in enthusiasm… The issue of allocation cuts also plays a role, we see many athletes complaining about their subsidies being cut. It is also one of the factors in the decline in athlete performance”, – as reported by Malaysiakini
The allocation issue was raised before the Hanoi Sea Games. Many athletes complained and were distressed by the issue of subsidy cuts, again when many had to be released after this allocation cut. The size of the number of athletes was reduced, while some of these experienced athletes had to be released – inviting widespread criticism from the country’s fans.