Sports Minister Datuk Ismail Sabri Yaakob has volleyed the ball back to Gifted Group Ltd (GGL) chairman Jonathan Price by asking the latter to seek FA of Malaysia's blessings for the Champions Youth Cup (CYC) to be held as scheduled.
After studying the one-sided contract drafted by the office of his immediate predecessior, Ismail is apparently concerned about the RM17 million that had been paid to GGL. The Government stands to lose a further RM35 million as compensation to GGL if the CYC is cancelled. So Ismail wants CYC to go on.
Sultan Ahmad Shah however has objected to it. It was learnt Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had an audience with the Pahang ruler in London recently.
That is why in my earlier posting, I suggested to Ismail that a compromise be sought. A win-win situation. Let's do this year's tournament but cancel next year's edition on mutual basis. Habis cerita.