We lost the bid to host the 2013 IOC Congress by 27 votes to Buenos Aires, the land that gave us Diego Maradona, Kun Aguero, Mario Kempes, Alfredo di Stefano and Daniel Pasarella, not forgetting Gabriela Sabatini, a short while ago during the IOC session in Vancouver.
My question is, was there a committee formed to carry this task to illustrate our seriousness or was it a last minute arrangement with the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM)? Bidding for events of this magnitude requires co-operation and support from all parties.
Remember how the Kuala Lumpur City Hall under Tan Sri Elyas Omar supported the 1998 Commonwealth Games bid? A high-powered committee was formed to take the Games to Asia for the first time and we did! Studies and efforts were made to discover nations friendly and unfriendly to our bid and canvassing for support became the main task for a lot of people, especially sports leaders in positions of power in the continental and world bodies.
So, a video message from the Prime Minister does not necessarily translate into votes!