KUALA LUMPUR – Tan Sri Tunku Imran Tuanku Ja’afar yesterday defended his post as the president of the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) for the 2015-2017 term.
In the election during at OCM’s Annual General Assembly held at the Tan Sri Hamzah Arena here, Tunku Imran defeated his challenger Tan Sri Mohd Anwar Mohd Nor by a 22-vote margin. He polled 63 votes while his opponent obtained 41 votes.
The victory saw him returned to the OCM top post for the 18th time.
“It is not so much that I’ve been relected as the president but a very good number of other people were also returned, whom I believe I can work with and are very committed to work for the Olympic Council of Malaysia.
“As I said earlier, there are no ‘teams’ here (in OCM)…let’s not ever have this standing of team business, it is not a part of sports, that’s politics,” said Tunku Imran.
Unlike previously, the OCM leadership election for the 2015-2107 term saw all posts contested.
The election saw two factions vying for votes from the delegates from 35 sports associations.
On new and young faces in the leadership line-up this time, Tunku Imran described it as a combination capable of bringing change for the good of OCM.
“We have a very good blend of experienced and new people. I think what we have to do is to see each one’s strength and give them responsibilities that are suitable to their ability, capabilitya and temperament.
“Let us continue to unify sports. It’s been a very diverse election process, but I would like to see everyone in the OCM family rally together as we have a lot to do…there are many sports events and we are hosting the 2017 SEA Games,” said Tunku Imran.
Meanwhile, Datuk Seri Mohamad Norza Zakaria who was elected as deputy president said the delegates had given their mandate and confidence in him.
“I believe the large mandate demands that I work harder and bring new ideas and changes to OCM. I am confident and believe the new line-up of old and new leaders could effect the change.
“Other candidates should also remain united and jointly think how to host the best SEA Games in 2017. We should also take the initiative to go to the ground and meet sports association to look into the preparation of athletes in their various training programmes after the recent SEA Games,” he said.
Touching on other posts held by him in other sports associations, Mohamad Norza said he could provide sufficient time to carry out the responsibilities entrusted on him.
“Most of the posts I hold are voluntary and not executive,” said Mohamad Norza who defeated Tan Sri Mohamad Noor Abdul Rahim by 78-26 votes.