Wednesday, August 28, 2013


The plans to move the Commonwealth Games Federation headquarters out of London will be re-visited in the months to come.
In stating this CGF President Tunku tan Sri Imran Tuanku Jaafar said that decisions such as this should not be looked at emotionally but practically and that he hoped commonsense will prevail amongst member countries when the proposal is revisited in the months to come.
“Yes there was a proposal to move the headquarters out of London as our lease at the present location comes to an end in the middle of next year,” said Tunku Imran.
“Thus the search for a suitable replacement started and a total of 15 countries were considered and evaluated as possible sites for the relocation process.
“Amongst the countries considered were Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Canada, India, Jamaica, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore and South Africa. In the end it was found that Malaysia offered the best, both in terms of location, facilities and tax benefits.”
Imran said that while historically the CGF has always been based in London, the financial implications were a consideration in making this decision to relocate.
“We will handle this with tact as there is just too much emotion attached by those opposing the relocation exercise,” said Imran.
“We have less then a year to make a decision, as we have to vacate the present location by September next year and look for an alternative, be it in London or another country, to be decided by the Council.”
The CGF Executive Board tabled a proposal to the Council at its meeting on August 16. But it was subsequently withdrawn in the afternoon.
The current headquarters is located at a building in Piccadilly owned by EON Productions, the film production company that makes the James Bond movies. It is staffed by six and the move to Malaysia would save them £925,000 (RM5 million) within the next quadrennial,” contends Imran.
“And we are not even talking about assistance that we could derive from the Malaysian government.
“Since both me and Jega (Tan Sri M. Jegathesan) were Malaysian’s, we made it clear that we had no personal interest and kept out of the decision making process.
“The selection of Kuala Lumpur was based on a report submitted by an independent and reputable firm KPMG and the executive Board made the decision to table it at the Council.
The British Empire Games Federation was founded in 1932 after the successful staging of the British Empire Games in Hamilton, Canada two years earlier.
In 1952 the name was changed to the British Empire and Commonwealth Games Federation. Another name change occurred in 1966 when it was called the British Commonwealth Games Federation. It was not until 1974 that the name was changed to the Commonwealth Games Federation, as its known today.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013


The former president of the Badminton Association of Malaysia needed only 15 days to start mocking his successor Tan Sri Tengku Mahaleel.

Taking a leaf from Tun Mahathir who started hitting out at his successor Tun Abdullah Badawi, who however took a year before starting to voice his displeasure, Nadzmi needed just over two weeks before shifting the blame, or rather blaming his failure on the newly elected Mahaleel.

And mind you Nadzmi had the audacity of making sure he became the Honorary  President of BAM before vacating his position.

Looking at the Bernama story below only goes on to prove the extent some will go to cover their weakness.

And what is more bewildering is the fact that Bernama and a TV Station actually gave prominence to such a statement and suffered amnesia or rather dementia to the root cause of the failure of badminton or rather the Nadzmi led BAM over the past 12 years.

Rexy Mainaky, who was dumped by BAM has the last laugh by taking indonesia to TWO gold medals at the World Champs and Thailand won its first ever gold medal.

As for Malaysia, no thanks to the poor management and running of BAM, we have failed to produce a world champ since the event was inaugurated in 1977.

And what will Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin do about this failure and statement - trust me when I say nothing as his NSC DG will come out with a full plate of excuses ( was tempted to say rendang) so as to provide a longer life shelf for the inept administrators and coaches in BAM.

Read on the statement and feel free to puke at the end, I have heard lame excuses but this guy makes Rajagobal look like o novice in the shift the blame awards:
BAM Need To Find A Successor To Chong Wei Quickly - Nadzmi

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 13 (Bernama) -- The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) need to find a successor to Datuk Lee Chong Wei and not solely depend on the ageing world number one to win titles, former BAM President Datuk Seri Mohd Nadzmi Mohd Salleh said.

Mohd Nadzmi said the BAM leadership must open the door for young aspiring and back up shuttlers and expose them to high level competitions to prepare them for the transition.

"Chong Wei is a great player but we need to take his age into consideration. We need a pool of back up players to represent the country in the future," he said.

He added that the badminton fraternity in the country was still looking for an able replacement for Chong Wei although two young players, Liew Darren and Chong Wei Feng, have emerged as likely successors.

However, the question is how much can we depend on the two young players to fill in the vacuum after Chong Wei as both have yet to prove their capability.

At the recently concluded World Badminton Championships in Guangzhou, China, both Darren Liew and Wei Feng failed to get past the third round.

Meanwhile, Chong Wei who expressed a similar opinion said Darren Liew and Wei Feng need to use the experience gained at the World Badminton Championships to become more competitive in coming tournaments.

"I hope Wei Feng and Darren Liew can perform better in the future and start winning titles," said Chong Wei who lost in the men's singles final to Lin Dan of China.

Chong Wei who had won the first game 21-16, lost the second 13-21 before limping out due to cramps at 17-20.