- Ramai yang bersetuju bahawa budaya sukan sememangnya terhakis di peringkat akar umbi i.e. sekolah.
- Masyarakat di negara ini lebih mementingkan bidang akademik dan membelakangkan bidang2 lain seperti sukan.
- Para ibubapa lebih menumpukan bidang akademik dan keputusan peperiksaan.
- GiLoCatur kurang bersetuju bahawa setiap orang perlu dipersalahkan terhakisnya budaya sukan.
All guilty of killing sports, says Mazlan
Sports supremo Datuk Wira Mazlan Ahmad strongly believes schools are not to be blamed when it comes to the lack of sports culture at the grassroots.
An adviser on sports to the Education Ministry and chairman of the Sports Advisory Panel, Mazlan insisted all parties should shoulder the blame for creating an academically driven society.
“I admit there are flip flops in the system. Everyone knows it. But it is unfair to simply blame the schools solely on this matter,” said Mazlan.
“The culture of turning fields into commercial and residential area started outside the schools over the years. Is that the Education Ministry’s fault?”
“Parents naturally are only interested in the academics. Can you blame them for thinking so? After all, which company will allow their employee time off for centralised training?”
Mazlan took a swipe at Malaysia society for its lack of interest in sport.
“Everyone is to be blamed for killing the sports culture. This is a fact, that is how it is in this country.”
Nevertheless, Mazlan pointed out that there have been initiatives taken by the relevant ministries over the years to help promote and develop sports in schools.
“We never had a school catering for athletes. Today we have the Bukit Jalil and Bandar Penawar Sports Schools with more to come.”
“There is also the emphasis of high performance sports involving seven various disciplines in schools. There are sports activities throughout the year especially during the school breaks, so it is unfair to simply say that sport is dead in schools.”
When pointed out that such tournaments only involved a handful of students while physical education is almost dead toward the end of the schooling term, Mazlan had this to say: “Of course any parent or student will choose education over sports especially when it is near a major examination. You can’t change things overnight and there is a bigger picture to it.
“Changes will only happen if every one of us are serious in making it happen.”