A lot has been said and written about the budget cut that has resulted in Malaysian Schools Sports Council (MSSM) cancelling 14 events at national level. All these events will only be held at district and state levels.
And, the RM10 million for developing football is another issue that needs to be handled properly by all concern.
From what I gather, the budget slash is not specificially at MSSM but an across the board thing that has affected many other ministries.
Are we supposed to cry about it? Well it is sad but this could also be the break needed for the National Sports Associations (NSAs) to take charge of the national level competitions because not having it will eventually affect their sport.
Also, this could also be an oppurtunity for NSAs who have been asking for their sport to be included in MSSM calender, to show their interest and work towards developing their sport from schools. Remember this cancellations is because of money and I am sure MSSM would have no problems working together to "re-organize" the 11 events, if they have a financial commitment from the NSAs.
The NSAs should start thingking out of the box and prepare for new challenges. If all these years they have left the schools part to the government, now they have to run their sport. For now it looks like the NSAs have no choice because the MSSM tournaments are the best to spot talents.
While looking into the various options, the NSAs should also approach Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) to finance the MSSM tournaments. OCM has almost RM25 million in cash and assets, and I believe they would more than willing to help.
The money for football is a different story. I had a chat with Datuk Azzudin Ahmad (FAM General Secretary) recently and I told him if this funds are going to be used for Academies, then it is the same as throwing the money into the sea.
The Academies is a failed system, simply because wrong people were appointed and the wrong people did the wrong selections. Many other factors caiused it to fail.
According to Azzuddin, FAM is aware of that and are now doing the necessary changes. Only time wil tell.