Why do I chose to highlight that phrase one may wonder. Well it has to do with the fact that many in the sports fraternity seem to doubt the ability of the newly appointed Sports Minister. I had a few spats with some who felt that the Minister was making statements without thinking, and I did not believe them at all.
That was until I chanced upon his interview over the TV stations last night which aired news about the Minister sending off the badminton players to the Sudirman Cup.
The question posed to him was about the decision by the National Sports Insitute (ISN) to issue indeminity letters to the badminton players. The poor man did not know what to say, and he went on talking about the parent body (WBF) going ahead to hold the event and how Malaysia had to participate in the tournament.
No one held a gun to BAM's head forcing it to participate in the Sudirman Cup Mr. Minister, so to say that the world body held the event and we had to participate is getting your facts all mixed up.
And since we are at the subject of ISN issuing those letters, then how come the Minister dodged the question? Where are certain sections of the media hitting out at ISN when it was obvious ISN has no say in determining participation?
Let's change the scenario to MAAU who opted out of a meet. They were championed for putting the welfare of the athletes as a priority. Shouldn't then the same people hit out at BAM for going ahead to participate in the Sudirman Cup?
You can bring a horse to the water but you cannot force it to drink the water. In this case it is obvious that some personalities are using the opportunity to hit out at ISN, despite knowing the fact that it is BAM who calls the shots on the issue of participation.