THE Malaysian football team winning against a side with pedigree, the badminton squad losing in the Thomas Cup semi-finals and the national hockey team ended their campaign in the Sultan Azlan Shah trophy as wooden spoonists.
Is there something amiss? Aha...B. Sathianathan's men performed quite creditably against Iraq in the ongoing Intercontinental Cup for the Under-23s. Safee Sali's scissors kick was hard to forget. Trouble is Iraq are represented by their Under-19 side.
What else can we say about the badminton team?
We lack depth, simple. As long as the pool of players is as the same as the number of passengers that can occupy my Iswara, we will keep on clinging on to the memories of the 1992 Cup-winning squad.
Speaking of which, we shall offer our prayers to former Sports Commissioner and BA of Malaysia president, Tan Sri Elyas Omar, who will be undergoing a bypass surgery at IJN on Tuesday.
The team of surgeons will be headed by Datuk Dr B. Venugopal, the same specialist who performed the bypass on two former athletes - Datuk Punch Gunalan (badminton) and Syed Ahmad Abu Bakar (football).
Dr Venugopal is the IJN Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon.
Punch's days as the de facto supremo of Badminton World Federation are gone. On Saturday, there was a vote of no confidence on the world body’s deputy president during a controversial Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Jakarta, which went on for eight-and-half hours.
The Mongolian (why Mongolia) Badminton Association had proposed the vote of no confidence and after a secret ballot, a total of 142 members voted for the resolution while 38 were against.
The Mongolian BA, when tabling the resolution, stated that the rationale behind the vote was due to the fact that Gunalan was “not at all interested in the welfare of the BWF but only interested in usurping the powers of the president ... that the deputy president has and is using the council to show his personal dislike of the president. And this was narrated in an e-mail to the members on the president’s character.”
We hope the surgery goes well for Tan Sri Elyas. We pray for his speedy recovery. All the stress of working under a minister like Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said must have taken its toll on Tan Sri's heart.