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New Office Bearers Must Know Sports – Tunku Imran

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KUALA LUMPUR – The Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) will hold its General Assembly on May 5 to elect new office bearers for the 2018-2021 term.

“OCM Board aspirants must know sports, be committed to the Olympics movement, not necessarily well-versed in their own sport, but they should have the time and commitment,” said OCM president Tunku Tan Sri Imran Tuanku Ja’afar when met by reporters today.

Tunku Imran said he did not see any issue of OCM office bearers holding posts with other national sports associations.

“It depends on the candidate to accept the position in the OCM while having another association post.

“I’m the president of the Malaysian Cricket Association in my first 10 years of holding the presidency in OCM, but it doesn’t mean that I do not have the time for my association. I have a good team in MCA and I don’t spent much time in the association, as much time is needed in OCM,” he said.

Referring to candidates from popular sports associations such as the Malaysian Football Association (FAM) and Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM), Tunku Imran viewed that the matter should be defined by the candidates involved.

“I hope they will continue with what we (the current OCM board members) have been doing. Continue building up our foundation and the base and looking at the priorities,” said Tunku Imran in expressing his hopes for new OCM office bearers.

Asked on the nominees for the upcoming election, Tunku Imran said he was not aware of the standings as they would only be made known on April 24.

“What I know is that my deputy president (Datuk Seri Norza Zakaria) is standing for the president post and I do not know who else is standing for other positions, so I can’t comment much on these,” he said.

Meanwhile, FAM secretary-general, Datuk Hamidin Mohd Amin, who is touted to contest for OCM deputy president, has decided not to contest for the post.

Hamidin, who is seen as the choice to fill the FAM president post for the 2018-2021 term at the FAM congress on July 14, said the decision was made to give full focus to the country’s football. – BERNAMA



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