Monday, 15 March 2010

OCM Weekly Highlights - 14th March 2010

News Items

1st Silent Knight Karate Cup 2010

The 1st Silent Knight Karate Cup 2010 was successfully organised by Kuala Lumpur Karae Hayashi-Ha Association, under Organising Chairman and National Coach Mr. P. Arivalagan. The following 9 countries, Australia, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Singapore, Sri Lanka, UAE and Uzbekistan participated. Karate exponents from Malaysia represented their own clubs or states in the competitions, which to many of them was part of their preparation for SUKMA XIII, in June 2010.

The competitions were held at the OCM Indoor Sports Arena, with three competition mats. There were over 400 Karate exponents on each of the two days. The competitions were divided into the following age-groups for boys and for girls, 6 to 7 years, 8 to 9 years, 10 to11 years, 12 to13 years, 14 to15 years, 16 to17 years and Above 18 years.

Launch of Astro Arena

The Official Launch of Astro Arena will be held on Thursday, 18th March 2010 at Level 3, OCM Indoor Sports Arena, Wisma OCM, Kuala Lumpur, at 9.00 a.m. The Honorary Secretaries and Presidents of NSAs affiliated to OCM, media personnel and guests are invited to attend the Launch.

30th MILO-TTAM Youth Table Tennis Championships 2010

The 30th MILO=TTAM Youth Table Tennis Championships 2010 will be held from 16th to 19th March 2010, Confusion Private Secondary School Hall, Lorong Hang Jebat, Kuala Lumpur. The venue of above Championships was originally in the OCM Indoor Sports Arena. However, due to the Arena being used for the Launch of Astro Arena on 18th March 2010, TTAM has very sportingly agreed to move their Championships to the Confusion Private Secondary School Hall. A big Thank You to TTAM for their very sporting cooperation and support.

Sport Administration Course

The Basic Sport Administration Course will be held from 25th to 28th March 2010. The venue is the Ulu Klang Recreation Club (UKRC). There are still a few places left for those interested to participate. Those who wish to register, please contact Encik Andrew Gopal, President of UKRC at

Employment opportunity with the Delhi 2010

Mr. V. K. Verma, Director General, Organising Committee Commonwealth Games (CWG) Delhi 2010 and his colleague from the Organising Committee CWG Delhi 2010 will be visiting Kuala Lumpur again towards the end of March 2010, to meet and interview additional applicants who wish to work with the Organising Committee of CWG Delhi 2010. The interview will be held in the OCM Board Room, First Floor, Wisma OCM, Kuala Lumpur.

Those who are interested are requested to submit their CV to OCM by fax (603-2715 2801) or email
(, on or before 26th March 2010, so that they could be interviewed for employment by the Organising Committee CWG Delhi 2010. Based on the last interview, the Organising Committee CWG Delhi 2010 is prepared to pay a minimum of US$2,000/= per month, tax free, and will provide accommodation in Delhi for the successful candidates during their stay in Delhi. The period of employment will be between 4 to 5 months.

National Sports Associations

The strength of National Sports Associations (NSAs) depends entirely on the leaders they have to lead, guide and manage the NSAs. Without good, competent and dedicated leaders, such as Presidents, Deputy Presidents, Vice Presidents, Hon. Secretaries, Hon. Treasurers, NSAs will not be able to function well, let alone make good progress.

It may perhaps be appropriate to quote the advice by the late Tun Dr Ismail, a former Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia, to his Party members. He said that people should join political parties to serve only after they have achieved certain level of success in their career and never to join a political party with the intention to enrich oneself.

The late Tun Dr. Ismail’s advice can apply to volunteer sports officials as well. In the past, all volunteer sports officials worked full-time and in their spare time volunteered to serve sport. Only when they have achieved stability in their career, did they dare to hold office. Today, there are many people who strive to be Presidents and Office Bearers of sports organisations, when they are still in the process of furthering their career. As such, these people have nether the time or the means to really work for sport as volunteers. There are also others whose livelihood depends on sports, such as coaches, sports equipment distributors, sports marketing agents, etc., who also wish to hold office, thereby placing themselves in conflict of interest situations.

The two most important questions a person who wishes to hold office in any sports organisation as a volunteer are ‘Why do I wish to hold office?’ and ‘How can I make the organisation better?’.

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