Winners and losers in election of sports associations must close ranks, work for development - Zahid


KUALA LUMPUR: Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi wants those who win top posts in a sports organisation to not marginalise the vanquished for the sake of continuity in the development of the respective sport.

Without directly mentioning the election of any specific sports organisation, the Deputy Prime Minister said winners and losers must close ranks because those who lost would also have supporters and specific contributions for the sport concerned.

“Contest is a process of democracy, nonetheless when an organisation wants the best leadership, the trust is also from those who are the best as well,” he said when speaking at the Sportswriters Association of Malaysia (SAM) 100 PLUS 2016 Award ceremony here tonight.

Ahmad Zahid said there should not be political restriction in the sports or restriction on differences in opinion.

“Therefore leaders with less support should not be set aside as each individual has his support and the contribution of the individual and his support should be given space for continuity,” he said.

Ahmad Zahid’s statement was believed to be referring to the FAM election at the 53rd FAM Congress on March 25.

The selection for the post of FAM president is expected to see a stiff fight between Tunku Mahkota of Johor (TMJ), Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim and Kelantan Football Association (KAFA) adviser Tan Sri Annuar Musa.

Touching on football, Ahmad Zahid said local players must be highlighted more compared to imported players as a benchmark for the quality of national football.

“Any team which can push to the fore with local players is actually better as a benchmark to become the best team,” he said adding that media, especially sportswriters also played a big role in boosting national sports.

“We look at the role of (sports) writers in giving motivation and also in boosting the spirit of individuals so they are spurred to be champions,” he said.

He said the SAM Award was a very obvious proof that the associations recognised writers for their news reports and analysis. --BERNAMA