Malaysia, Germany and the Beijing Olympics 2008

Malaysian Failure

I think it really is no surprise that Malaysia, so far, has yet to collect a single medal in Beijing! Why? Coz our overall sports development system is very very sad and selagi kita tidak berubah, kita tidak akan melahirkan world class athletes secara konsisten. Sampai bila nak harapkan badminton or bowling?

When you flip through the paper, you always see pictures of foreign athletes training or competing. With Malaysian athletes, its usually of them meeting with some VIP, Minister or agung. How is that relavant!? Too much politics?

Too much politics, lack of mental strength and yang paling penting, athletes in Malaysia lack focus, year-round competition and kita tiada “talent pool” yang banyak kerana ramai tidak menceburi sukan di sekolah coz its not encouraged and only happens one a year! How in the world is an (talented or not) athlete going to improve if they only compete satu, dua atau tiga kali setahun!

Germany’s Success

Ok I dont want to touch too much on China or the US as well, they are huge lah. Germany i know! hahaha. I was part of their youth sports development system for 13 years. I their system works! Without a shadow of a doubt, I can say that Germany is a country that produces world class athletes in every sport! And again, world class here doesnt mean number one or two in the world but lets say a top 50 ranking in the world lah.

..Its not about money but about a system that is economical and it works!…

Same probably applies to other western european countries. Its not about money but about a system that is economical and it works!

How does Germany and most of Europe develop athletes? Check out my Youth Sports Development Proposal for Malaysia

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  1. Agreed with you. it should always be from the grasroots and closely monitored until they grow up to compete in the olympic/world levels. It’s a state of despair really, when only few groups of community (especially elites) are able to participate in the sports activities i.e. golfing, swimming, fencing, gymnastics, equestrians etc. This is, BTW, a character of 3rd world countries. I’m not surprised by 2020 we’ll still wont be able to achieve the developed nation status.
    I noted Germany’s achievements as well as other Europe’s so-called “sporting powerhouses” such as France & Italy. However, even with their achievement, I still think it’s kinda mediocre, especially if you compare with countries like Australia, which is way ahead than the european nations. I agreed with some opinions regarding positioning the olympic nations standing not by the number of gold medal counts, BUT by gold medal to pulation ratios. it’ll give a different perception. Based on Athens Olympic gold medal per population counts, Australia was placed 3rd behind only to Norway and Bahamas, while China, USA & Germany were placed way down at 53, 34 & 27 respectively. malaysia is not even in the list as there is no medals of any colour to start with 🙂
    Check out the full list;
    Country Medals Won Population Population Population
    per Gold Medal per Medal
    ——————————————————————————–
    Gold Silver Bronze Total ‘000 ‘000 ‘000
    ——————————————————————————–
    1. Bahamas 1 0 1 2 317 317 159
    2. Norway 5 0 1 6 4,551 910 759
    3. Australia 17 16 16 49 20,164 1,186 412
    4. Hungary 8 6 3 17 9,830 1,229 578
    5. Cuba 9 7 11 27 11,323 1,258 419
    6. New Zealand 3 2 0 5 3,902 1,301 780
    7. Jamaica 2 1 2 5 2,677 1,339 535
    8. Greece 6 6 4 16 10,963 1,827 685
    9. Sweden 4 1 2 7 8,887 2,222 1,270
    10. Georgia 2 2 0 4 5,073 2,537 1,268
    11. Denmark 2 0 6 8 5,373 2,687 672
    12. Slovakia 2 2 2 6 5,407 2,704 901
    13. Romania 8 5 6 19 22,278 2,785 1,173
    14. United Arab Emirates 1 0 0 1 3,049 3,049 3,049
    15. Lithuania 1 2 0 3 3,421 3,421 1,140
    16. Bulgaria 2 1 9 12 7,830 3,915 653
    17. Ireland 1 0 0 1 3,996 3,996 3,996
    18. Netherlands 4 9 9 22 16,220 4,055 737
    19. Austria 2 4 1 7 8,116 4,058 1,159
    20. Croatia 1 2 2 5 4,413 4,413 883
    21. Belarus 2 6 7 15 9,854 4,927 657
    22. Russia 27 27 38 92 142,365 5,273 1,547
    23. Korea (South) 9 12 9 30 47,913 5,324 1,597
    24. Ukraine 9 5 9 23 48,163 5,351 2,094
    25. France 11 9 13 33 60,428 5,493 1,831
    26. Italy 10 11 11 32 57,310 5,731 1,791
    27. Germany 14 16 18 48 82,504 5,893 1,719
    28. Israel 1 0 1 2 6,556 6,556 3,278
    29. Great Britain 9 9 12 30 59,416 6,602 1,981
    30. Switzerland 1 1 3 5 7,160 7,160 1,432
    31. Japan 16 9 12 37 127,738 7,984 3,452
    32. Chile 2 0 1 3 15,993 7,997 5,331
    33. Azerbaijan 1 0 4 5 8,453 8,453 1,691
    34. United States 35 39 29 103 297,031 8,487 2,884
    35. Dominican Republic 1 0 0 1 8,869 8,869 8,869
    36. Czech Republic 1 3 4 8 10,227 10,227 1,278
    37. Belgium 1 0 2 3 10,337 10,337 3,446
    38. Canada 3 6 3 12 31,731 10,577 2,644
    39. Chinese Taipei 2 2 1 5 22,794 11,397 4,559
    40. Poland 3 2 5 10 38,547 12,849 3,855
    41. Zimbabwe 1 1 1 3 12,900 12,900 4,300
    42. Uzbekistan 2 1 2 5 26,477 13,239 5,295
    43. Spain 3 11 5 19 41,098 13,699 2,163
    44. Kazakhstan 1 4 3 8 15,419 15,419 1,927
    45. Morocco 2 1 0 3 31,073 15,537 10,358
    46. Cameroon 1 0 0 1 16,275 16,275 16,275
    47. Argentina 2 0 4 6 38,864 19,432 6,477
    48. Thailand 3 1 4 8 63,450 21,150 7,931
    49. Turkey 3 3 4 10 72,298 24,099 7,230
    50. Kenya 1 4 2 7 32,389 32,389 4,627
    51. Iran 2 2 2 6 69,829 34,915 11,638
    52. Ethiopia 2 3 2 7 72,469 36,235 10,353
    53. China 32 17 14 63 1,312,861 41,027 20,839
    54. South Africa 1 3 2 6 45,058 45,058 7,510
    55. Brazil 4 3 3 10 180,598 45,150 18,060
    56. Egypt 1 1 3 5 73,459 73,459 14,692
    57. Indonesia 1 1 2 4 222,562 222,562 55,641
    58. Estonia 0 1 2 3 1,367 456
    59. Slovenia 0 1 3 4 1,990 498
    60. Latvia 0 4 0 4 2,287 572
    61. Trinidad and Tobago 0 0 1 1 1,289 1,289
    62. Mongolia 0 0 1 1 2,500 2,500
    63. Finland 0 2 0 2 5,177 2,589
    64. Portugal 0 2 1 3 10,067 3,356
    65. Eritrea 0 0 1 1 3,712 3,712
    66. DPR Korea (North) 0 4 1 5 22,754 4,551
    67. Serbia-Montenegro 0 2 0 2 10,555 5,278
    68. Paraguay 0 1 0 1 5,470 5,470
    69 Hong Kong (S.A.R.) 0 1 0 1 6,807 6,807
    70 Venezuela 0 0 2 2 24,277 12,139
    71 Syrian Arab Republic 0 0 1 1 16,560 16,560
    72 Mexico 0 3 1 4 104,895 26,224
    73 Colombia 0 0 1 1 42,120 42,120
    74 Nigeria 0 0 2 2 114,746 57,373
    75 India 0 1 0 1 1,016,938 1,016,938

  2. interesting comment there arch808. i refer to Germany as I know them well. German really are you that talented but make sure of their strength.
    We Malaysians have more naturally giftet but our never really harness these from a young age..so they go to waste!
    Ok…so how we have a silver medal. So what!? That doesnt make the Olympics a success for us lah.

  3. hi kevin…
    why dont u start writing back on health and fitness topics in specifics…
    i personally r really waiting for ur new article which kinda “sought after”..huhu
    ye la, rather than telling about something that not to be said not important but less important…ok
    really appreciate u babe…stay well kev…

  4. smrtfz? (what kind of name is that)
    hahaha yeah i should….just wrote one actually … on saunas and weight loss.
    I know most ppl here are reading the health and fitness articles. Its just that sometimes i get a little “tired” of writing bout it at the time so i’ll get a lil off track.
    I wanna say a few things about Anwar, liwat, BN etc…hahahah nanti la. Will post artikel kesihatan tonight.

  5. eh..ni topic menarik ni beb. aku ade baca ‘suggestion’ dari kevin. Memang betul, masalah sukan negara adalah sistem dan itu tersangat la betul. Latihan mula bila ade pertandingan, tapi pertandingan kurang.
    @Kevin: Hey Kevin, Ich habe gerad herausgefunden, dass du in Deutschland geboren. Das ist cool zu wissen, ich bin seit 4 Jahre in Deutschland und habe echt verdammt viel über die sog. “System” gelernt. Man sagt ja, man sieht sein Problem, wenn man außer sein eigene Kiste steht, nicht wahr:-). Also große Kompliment für dein Beitrag und dein Homepage.Echt Klasse gemacht.

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