KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 12 (Bernama) -- The Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) does not agree with the proposal of the National Sports Institute (ISN) to appoint a performance director to monitor the preparation of national athletes to the 2016 Brazil Olympics.
OCM honorary-secretary Datuk Sieh Kok Chi said it would affect the special allocation for the athletes' preparation programme. He said ISN's proposal was not relevant as the national sports science body itself had many qualified personnel to carry out the responsibility.
"For what is ISN creating the post of a special performance director when the job has long been carried out by a unit and division of ISN such as the sports physiology, medicine and technology unit which is capable of monitoring in detail as it is closer to the athletes," he said when contacted by Bernama today.
Yesterday, ISN chief executive officer Ahmad Shapawi Ismail proposed that a special performance director be appointed with the role of monitoring potential athletes to realise the country's first gold medal in the Olympic Games at Rio de Janiero, Brazil in 2016.
Commenting further, Sieh said the appointment of the special performance director would involve huge cost and that it was better for the available allocation to be channeled to Brazil Olympic-bound athletes for their preparation programme.
"Anybody can monitor the performance of athletes. Need no to create a director's post for the job...coaches, sports officers, sports association administrators, even the media frequently report on current developments on athletes They have been involved for a long time," he said.
Meanwhile, National Sports Council (MSN) director-general Datuk Zolkples Embong said monitoring the development of athletes was a routine job for each officer and head of unit at MSN and it had been implemented for a long time.
"If ISN feels that the job of monitoring athletes is still not there at ISN, it (proposal) would be a good start and we at MSN will respect any proposal presented by the body to develop sports in the country," he said.
At MSN, he
systematically from the time the athlete was a second liner to when he was a high performance athlete and it would continue as long as they were still national athletes.