Rightfully it should be the thrust of our education system and a core sport.
Due to the eternal internal bickering in the national body that I wish to call Many Are Against U, Malaysia has struggled to parade a decent squad on the international front, particularly in the blue riband event, the century dash.
Since the biennial SEA Games and its forerunner the SEAP Games was introduced exactly 50 years ago, we have a small pool of winners in both the men's and women's categories.
M. Jegathesan, G. Rajalingam and Nazmizan Muhamad belong to the select group, having bagged the gold in the 1965, 1967 and 2003 editions respectively.
In the women's section, the exclusive club of Malaysian gold medal winners of the 100m dash comprises Carmen Kolmeyer (1959), Cheryl Dorall (1967), Mumtaz Jaffar (1981) and G. Shanti (1997).
Therefore I remain skeptical whether the recent MSSM century dash winners, Ambrose Jilom and Siti Nurhayati Zulkifli, can make the grade! MAAU are not doing enough and yet its president is eyeing the Olympic Council of Malaysia presidency...HAH!
Loose cannon and Thai legend, Anat Ratanapol, who bagged the 100m and 200m gold in the Asian Games in Tehran in 1974