The Malaysian contingent will be back soon from Laos and naturally the "good news" would be trumpetted to cover the true picture.
The talk would be of the gold medal tally which exceeded the conservatively-minumum target set by some people and also of football team's success in winning the gold medal after a 20 year wait.
Soon the seasonal post-office in Jalan Hang Jebat will close for a while and the "grand post-master" prepares the plot for the Asian Games, in Guangzhou, China.
The political talk has already started with a suggestion that the prize money for SEA Games winners be revised. While I am not questioning the need for a reward system, but common sense would tell us that reward for victory at this low level should be in the form of oppurtunities to have better trainning and exposure.
But, there are many questions that need to be answered. They have not been amswered before and I believe it may never be answered for a long time, untill people realise their desire to get free trips in exchanges for votes, has destroyed sports.
The first question which many have asked is how come there are so many non performing Category A athletes in Laos and other games before this. How were they selected? Did anyone query the figures and statistics used by the National Associations (NSAs)?
And, will National Sports Council (NSC) continue to pay for the expenses even when the selection process is "loose"?
NSC officials when contacted, admitted they do not have the figures of how many of the Category A athletes/ teams are not up to the mark but they too pointed out that Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM)'s selection has always been "loose"
If that is the case, why pay for the many "loosely selected" contingents? Who are the managers going with the teams? Do they know anything about the sport concerned? One can point the finger at NSAs but the fingers points back to the selectors and the party that bears the costs.
The Category B was introduced to open the door for potential and young athletes to gain exposure in these meets. Why are national athletes who fail to qualify given a Category B status? Who are you trying to please?
And, the big question would be why are there so many officials in Laos? There is the official officials list, there is a technical officials list, then there is the non official officials lists and some mysterious appearances by some.
There are many types of passes - A, B, C and E, babysitter passes and passes for babysitters and personal and exchangeable passes and so on. I am not going to as how walker Yuan Yu Fang got to Laos.
We all know of some people who go around blowing their trumpets and claiming "I am the most transparent person in the world". Maybe now is the time to see how transparent can "the most transparent person be."
Anyway, after being in sports for almost three decades, I do not expect any truths anymore. I just write with the hope that one day things would change and this "I scratch your back you vote for me" would be stopped once and for all.
I just hope the NSC would play a more argessive role and not a follower's role. Say no to nonsense. Malaysian sports needs a guardian. There are none now.