In the past few days the local sports commentariat has been abuzz with criticism of the Podium program for not announcing medal targets for the upcoming Commonwealth Games. Tim Newenham, director of the Podium program, and chef de mission, Huang Ying How both say they don't want to put additional pressure on the athletes. Conversely former National Sports Council (NSC) director-general, Mazlan Ahmad says the athletes are used to pressure and that the public have a right to know what the targets are since millions of ringgit have been spent on the athletes training.
American youth and high school football coaches are still whistling past the graveyard as they continue to sing the praises of football, downplay concussion fears, and make tone deaf comments about proposed legislation to ban or reduce tackle football based on player age. Each country brings its own unique outlook to sport and and its relationship to the rest of society. In the United States football has long been touted as a sport that turns boys into men, one that supports the patriotic memes common to sports everywhere, and where the ideals of fairplay, integrity, and good old American values are on display. And while most athletes might say this about any sport it's football, until now, that has been accepted as America's game. So what's happening now when football is facing an end of life crisis?
What does Norway know about sport development that can help Malaysia capture its elusive first Olympic Gold? Maybe more than people think! Compared to Malaysia, Norway is a very small country having fewer than 6 million people. Yet in the recently completed Olympic Winter Games it took home more medals than any other country including sport giants like Germany, Canada, and the United States and set a new record for the number of medals won overall.