Despite attempts to close the chapter on the successful National Olympic Academy (NOA) Malaysia, it seems the organization will live on.
The NOA Malaysia became a recognized eductaional hub among the National Olympic Committees and other NOA's. Over the years NOA Malaysia attracted young participants from Asia, Europe and Iowa State, USA to fratenize and share their experiences in Olympism and Olympic Education.
The Fundamental Principles (No 6) found in the Olympic Charter states: "The Goal of the Olympic Movement is to contribute to building a peaceful and better world by educating youth through sport without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit, which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play."
Chua Ah Tok, who played a crucial role in building the NOA was not re-appointed for some strange reasons and an Expanded NOA (E-NOA) is said to have replaced the "Real NOA" (R-NOA).
I don't want to write about that issue again, but just to report what I have been hearing from the ground - the R-NOA will live on, but with a different status and form. It may not function like before, but those involved want to keep the spirit strong.
As of now, there is not much details availabe. One thing is sure, the decision to close, replace or whatever the NOA did not break the spirit of Olympism among the young sports leaders in Malaysia.