Jul 6, 2009


THE Sports Minister has have given green light for athletes to travel, which means FAM can surely take the cue and organise the Merdeka Tournament which is schedueld for next month. I was told the actual reason for the cancelatation has nothing to do with the Influenza A virus. It's FAM's financial standing has contracted the H1N1 Virus.

While FAM President Sultan Ahmad Shah, has always claimed that the national association has strong financial support, the recent activities in the building, does not justify that statement.

According to a realiable source, sometime in October 2008 certain amount money was taken out from the players retirement fund without the knowledge of the players, it will be interesting to see if the amount taken has been deposited back. All those of you who have retired, can you go and collect your money!

Read the story below on Shabery Cheek's statement in the star today.

It’s the green light for our athletes looking to compete overseas.
In spite of the threat of the Influenza A (H1N1) virus, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek said that athletes were free to travel – as long as they are aware of the risks.
“We will give them the choice. If they are not willing to take the risk, we will respect their decision.

“But at the moment, the ministry is still sending out athletes,” he told reporters after attending the Cheer 2009 national cheerleading competition here yesterday.

“The decision was made after consulting the Ministry of Health.

“They warned that should our athletes travel overseas, there will certainly be risks.”
He added that the virus “shouldn’t be an obstacle” for athletes since various international competitions have already gone ahead.

“There’s been the Wimbledon (tennis championship), the US Open (golf) and the Confederations Cup (football).
“Many people might have contracted the virus, but the risk isn’t too big.”

The minister also commented on business tycoon Ananda Krishnan’s reported bid for English football club Newcastle United.

He called it a “business decision” and hailed the move.

“We should be proud if it really happens that a Malaysian is involved in such a huge transaction.
“It’s not impossible, and I hope it goes through. I hope it can have a big impact on the development of Malaysian football,” he said.

1 comment:

  1. I hope the tournament will be held as we must
    get the players in the competitin mode as friendlies will not be good for the preparation of Raja's boys for the Laos Sea Games. Inter Con and now the merdeka tournament , next maybe the sea games is called off.
    Dont be afraid fo fail as failure is a mother to sucess.