In my previous post, I raised my concern over the fact that many of our junior athletes failed to step up when they move to the senior team. Be it the football team, hockey, badminton, tennis, athletic, etc. It seems that we Malaysians only do well at junior level. At senior level, we simply can’t compete save for perhaps the bowling team that has managed to get through the transition of their junior to senior team successfully. It is quite a worrying trend. For all the money that we have spent, we would probably never see our own Rafa Nadal or Leo Messi playing their trade in foreign soil. Our football team will probably never get to play in World Cup Final round, unless, of course, we become host of the biggest football tournament on earth.
During my time, talented athletes chose to quit sport when they finished school. It is quite understandable since career in sports at that time offered little money and security. Things have changed since then as athletes today are more fortunate with sports gaining more attention and being commercialized. Some of our athletes nowadays earn around RM30k +++ per month which is more than CEO, CFO or COO makes at some public listed companies in KL. At the international level, the world’s most expensive football player, Gareth Bale was reported by media as currently enjoying £300,000 per week at Real Madrid. Life can’t get better than that, right?
So, it is disappointing for us to read about the failure of our national team these days when they are associated with MONEY and having the wealth that they have today. Bribery and negative lifestyles are being cited as among the chief reasons why our athletes failed at higher level. While I can’t verify if such claim is correct, the fact that people are talking about it, must carry some weight of such accusation. “Kalau tiada angin, takkan pokok bergoyang, kan?”.
What do you think guys?
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