Saturday, August 09, 2014

Fund4National Women's Rugby Charity Fundraising Fitness Challenge

I had posted about the plight of our National Women Rugby team who are keeping their finger crossed and their hope flickering to play in their inaugural Women Rubgy at Asian Games. If they managed to land in Incheon and participate it will be another chapter in the Annals of Women's Sports in Malaysia. They are short of funds since they are placed in Category B and not funded by Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM).  

In order to keep their hope afloat, they are organising a Charity fundraising Fitness Challenge on these dates: 
17th August 2014 KL @ Titiwangsa
24th August 2014 Putrajaya @ Precint 1

Participation
RM 25 Individual
RM60 Teams
Fitness is about challenging your own body on a certain activities. It is a sign of how your body can cope with physical stress  and it can be a barometer to check the efficiency of your heart during such physical stress. It is also to gauge how your physical self can perform strenuous activities and together with your heart pumping the much needed oxygenated blood will be the telltale sign of your body physical efficiency towards a healthy life. So what does participants have to do during the Challenge? 


 PAYMENT CAN BE MADE TO: 
CS EXCELLENT 
MAYBANK ACCOUNT NO. 564119 407110 
TYPE NAME-CHOOSE KL OR PUTRAJAYA-
EMAIL YOUR DETAILS-NAME-CONTACT NO – DATE & TIME OF THE EVENT AND PAYMENT SLIP FOR REGISTRATION TO fitforlifemalaysia@gmail.com 
contact us at 012 – 920 1105 or visit our Facebook page at fitnessmodelmalaysia or follow our Instagram : qhalisnariah_fit4lifemalaysia

The girls even wrote an open letter to the Sports Minister to voice out their hopes

Dear Minister of Youth and Sports YB Datuk Khairy Jamaluddin
It was heartening to see your enthusiasm for our athletes at the Commonwealth Games this year. Like any other sporting event, we will have some great (and surprising) wins but also a fair share of losses. Winning is never a guarantee no matter how hard we play. The point is to play our best, as you mentioned in one of your passing statements.
As rugby athletes, it is extremely difficult to gain support in a country that is more football-mad than rugby-keen. As female rugby athletes, it is even harder to convince friends, families and sometimes, coaches, that we are serious about our sport.
The Dingoes team started as a social rugby club for women who had an interest in rugby. Despite the challenges, we worked really hard, many times training with the more experienced male players, to prove our worth. Eventually, we must have done something right when we were invited to play in Thailand, China, Singapore, Hong Kong and even India as the Malaysian Women’s Rugby team under the wings of Malaysian Rugby Union, supported by the Asian Rugby Football Union, and recognized by the International Rugby Board.
This year, we were told of the opportunity to represent Malaysia at the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea. Preparations began as early as January. We upped our game by training daily from April onwards. Many of the girls work full time jobs, so you can imagine the dedication to the game.
Some time after the Raya break, the players were informed that we only qualify to receive the national travelling kit and medical support from the Olympic Council of Malaysia because we happen to fall under a Category B sport. With less than six weeks to the game, we desperately began to seek donations and sponsorship from friends and supporters.
The frustration is not so much the lack of funds but the nonchalant manner in which women’s rugby has been given.
Many of our girls have played rugby for an average of 5 years. Yet, the Malaysian Women’s Rugby team is ranked 40 in rugby 15s and 64 in rugby 7s, giving it a combined ranking of 50 out of 129 countries (published in November 2013) in the Women’s Rugby International scene!
Not too bad for a young team, don’t you think?
On days like this when told about the lack of support from our country, you can only imagine the questions we have at the back of our minds. How can we wear the Malaysian jersey with pride? Why should it matter how hard we play when the country does not seem to care? Will we be scorned for our losses and ignored in our wins? Will no one applaud us for the hard work we have put in?
Many of us have broken bones and torn ligaments for the love of this game and also for our country. But that does not really matter anyway, since we are only a Category B sport that will get neither the right recognition nor support to play.
So, should we continue to ignite our passion and train hard despite the possibility of not being able to play at the Asian Games due to the shortage of funds? Or should we cut our losses and call it quits? What would you do if you were in our place?
From

The Brave Dingoes of the Malaysian Women’s Rugby Team
https://www.facebook.com/dingoesmalaysia

Friday, August 08, 2014

From The Sports Minister Mind

After Glasgow 2014 when the Malaysian contingent came back with 1 Gold lesser than the target, many had been pointing fingers and comments some positive many negatively. Sports is about winning and losing, Nobody wins all the time and nobody loose all the time.

Being an ex employer of National Sports Council, I know how hard and dedicated they put their effort to collectively to present the winning medals to the rakyat. Many athletes won but many lost not because of poor preparation but other athlete performs better during the competition.

It is also interesting to read what Malaysia Sports Loose Cannon said on his blog about Mazlan vs Zol  Episod 1 relating to the outcome of Glasgow 2014 and also what the Sports Minister posted on his Facebook page.

I copy and post it here for future reference:

Saya telah mengambil sedikit masa untuk mengkaji keputusan keseluruhan Sukan Komanwel 2014 sebelum memberi apa-apa reaksi. Sejak sehari dua ini memang banyak komen diberi oleh peminat-peminat sukan tanahair. Semua komen tersebut saya terima dengan baik.

Pertama sekali saya mengakui kita telah gagal. Tidak perlu saya bagi komen atau alasan yang lain. Bila Majlis Olimpik Malaysia (MOM) mengumumkan
sasaran 7 pingat emas dan apa yang dicapai hanya 6, itu adalah kegagalan. Tidak perlu saya kata "sasaran hampir tercapai" atau "sebenarnya prestasi atlet kita baik, cuma tak menang". A failure is a failure, full stop.

Kedua, tidak perlu juga saya menuding jari merata tempat. Saya menteri dan walaupun saya tidak berada di atas padang perlawanan sendiri, saya mesti bertanggungjawab. Yang lain - samada para atlet sendiri, jurulatih, pegawai, Majlis Olimpik, Majlis Sukan Negara (MSN), Institut Sukan Negara (ISN), persatuan-persatuan sukan - semua dibawah naungan saya. Saya bukan jenis orang yang nak memindahkan tanggungjawab dan akauntabiliti kepada orang lain. Jadi saya mohon maaf kepada rakyat sebab kita gagal di Glasgow.

Ketiga, satu kajian post-mortem menyeluruh perlu dibuat secepat mungkin. Kajian ini tidak boleh hanya terhad kepada prestasi di Glasgow sahaja tetapi kena mengambil kira tempoh hampir empat tahun kebelakangan ini. Program Latihan Atlet Elit untuk menyediakan para atlet kebangsaan untuk bertanding di Sukan Komanwel bermula pada tahun 2011 dan telah menelan perbelanjaan jutaan Ringgit wang rakyat. Program ini dikendalikan oleh MSN, ISN dengan kerjasama MOM bersama dengan persatuan-persatuan sukan. Adakah pulangan dari program ini setimpal dengan perbelanjaannya? Adakah program ini berkesan? Adakah pengurusan program ini baik? Adakah kita dapat prestasi yang terbaik dari atlet kita melalui program ini? Soalan-soalan ini (dan banyak lagi) perlu dijawab sebelum kita mulakan program baru untuk empat tahun akan datang.

Keempat, keputusan-keputusan yang sukar mesti dibuat. Tough decisions must be made. Kalau ada persatuan, pegawai, jurulatih atau atlet yang underperforming mereka mesti memberi ruang kepada yang lain. Kalau berkali-kali tidak menepati KPI, mereka mesti berundur atau diganti. Perkara ini mesti dipraktikkan dari atas (saya) sampai ke bawah.

Empat perkara ini adalah perkara asas yang mesti dipegang sebelum kita melihat jauh kehadapan untuk mencetuskan kebangkitan sukan negara.

Tentang prestasi di Glasgow, secara rumusan:
- Trek basikal, menembak, gimrama dan boling padang gagal memberi pingat yang disasarkan. Perlu ada kajian mendalam kepada program-program dibawah sukan tersebut
- Badminton secara keseluruhan OK sahaja. Nasib baik menang kedua-dua doubles pada hari terakhir. Tapi inilah senario badminton tanahair tanpa Lee Chong Wei. We have no one else. Singles lelaki mesti ada rombakan segera
- Angkat berat ada potensi. Bangunkan bakat seperti Hafifi Mansor dan Zulhelmi Pisol supaya terus cemerlang pada Sukan Komanwel 2018
- Akuatik terjun kena kekalkan prestasi cemerlang. Terlepas satu emas sebab kecederaan pada Pandalela. Prestasi yang baik dari Ooi Tze Liang yang boleh kita develop lagi. Penerjun pelapis pun menunjukkan prestasi yang baik
- Skuasy overall OK. Masih bergantung kepada Nicol. Kena develop lagi barisan kedua. Lebih banyak pendedahan perlu diberi kepada pemain muda seperti Valentino, Ivan, Vanessa dan Rachel
- Hoki, memang mengecewakan. Kita diberi tahu pasukan ini pasukan campuran yang memberi pendedahan kepada pemain-pemain junior kerana para pemain senior direhatkan untuk Sukan Asia. Kalau begitu kita tengok keputusan Sukan Asia. Kalau hambar, someone must go

Selain daripada kajian post-mortem, perkara yang memerlukan perhatian segera adalah persiapan untuk Sukan Asia yang akan bermula pada bulan September. Selepas apa yang berlaku di Glasgow, pemilihan atlet mesti dibuat dengan teliti. Kita perlu hantar mereka yang betul-betul ada peluang menang atau pelapis yang berpotensi tinggi untuk masa depan. Kalau sekadar dihantar untuk mendapat pendedahan tapi menjadi lauk orang lain, tak payah pergi. Membazir duit sahaja. Saya boleh cari pengalaman pendedahan yang lain untuk mereka, tak perlu sampai ke Sukan Asia.

Akhir kata, semua ini kata-kata sahaja. Bak kata orang muda 'sembang' sahaja. Yang penting adalah action and results. Saya akan berusaha untuk membawa perubahan yang diharapkan para peminat sukan tanahair. Cabaran ini besar sebab masalahnya sudah lama berkudis. Saya rasa ramai yang tahu kelemahan struktural dan kronik yang ada. Tetapi itu semua masalah saya yang perlu diatasi. It will not be easy, but it has to be done.

Majulah sukan untuk negara
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