Wednesday, 1 August 2012

ISN To Study Excuses Given By Athletes After Losing At The Olympics

LONDON, July 31 (Bernama) -- The National Sports Institute (ISN) will study all feedback received from Malaysian athletes who took part in the Olympics, here, especially those related to lack of mental strength.

Its chief executive officer Datuk Dr Ramlan Abdul Aziz admitted that excuses such as nervousness and panic were syndromes of lack of mental strength.

"As professional athletes competing at the highest level, such lame excuses are unacceptable.

"Even if it was their first time at the Olympics, there should not be any excuse because prior to the competition in London, they had taken part in many international competitions championships abroad and faced the same opponents," he told Bernama, here, Tuesday.

He said this when asked to comment on the often-heard excuse from Malaysian athletes when they lost their respective events, claiming the loud cheers of fans made them nervous, revealing their lack of mental strength, especially when competing against higher ranked opponents.

Dr Ramlan said such excuses citing outside interference cannot be accepted because ISN with the cooperation of the National Sports Council (NSC) had carried out simulation tests for national athletes numerous times before going to the Olympics.

"ISN and the NSC had conducted simulation tests at Bukit Jalil with numerous disturbances, when the athletes performed, to give an idea of what to expect at the Olympics," he said.

He said all excuses given by the athletes at the Olympics, especially those involving ISN sports expertise, will be given attention and overcome for the benefit of future competitions.

From Zulhilmi Supaat -- BERNAMA

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