Y.Bhg. Tan Sri Datuk Dr. M. Jegathesan, Deputy President of the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM), speaking on the resolution.
OCM General Assembly rejects age limit proposal
29 Jun 2010
The 29th Olympic Council of Malaysia Annual General Assembly 2010 was held on June 26 at the OCM Indoor Sports Arena, Level 3, OCM Indoor Sports Complex, Wisma OCM Phase II, Kuala Lumpur. A total of 33 ordinary members with 78 delegates, 11 associate members with 12 non-voting delegates and observers from the Sports Commissioner’s Office, the National Sports Council Malaysia and the Institute of Sports Malaysia attended.
Except for Vice President Low Beng Choo, who was overseas, all the elected office bearers of OCM were present. Also present were the Director of the National Olympic Academy, Dr. Tan Siew Eng, the President of the Malaysian Athletes Commission, Ms. Phan Su Ming, and the Hon. Secretary, Ms. Chee Ee Laine.
The President presented the 28th Annual Report for the period May 16, 2009, to June 15, 2010, and the Financial Report for the period January 1 to December 31, 2009, and highlighted the great progress achieved by OCM over the past period, financially and in sports development.
In a busy sporting year 2009, Malaysia had participated in and achieved good results at the 1st Asian Youth Games in Singapore, 1st Asian Martial Arts Games in Thailand, 3rd Asian Indoor Games in Vietnam and the 25th SEA Games in Laos.
In addition, OCM organised all its annual events and courses as well as special events such as the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay and Creating a Sustainable Legacy of the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games by Planting a Tree in Wisma OCM.
The meeting also heard about the OCM’s impressive and low cost, but ultimately unsuccessful, bid to host the 125th IOC Session in Kuala Lumpur in 2013, losing out to Buenos Aires at an IOC vote in Vancouver, and the successful launch and signing of a Strategic Alliance Agreement with Astro Arena, which began broadcasting on March 26 on Channel 801.
The General Assembly considered a proposal from the National Archery Association of Malaysia to amend Article 14.4 of the Constitution by introducing a clause to prevent office-bearers aged 70 or above, or who had already served for 20 years, from being nominated as a candidate to stand for office.
Eight delegates spoke against the proposal, reasoning that office-bearers could be removed by a vote of the National Sports Associations every two years if members felt they were not doing their job, and that an age and tenure restriction were discriminatory and against the Olympic Charter.
The resolution was put to a vote and was defeated, with only the three votes of the archery association supporting the resolution, three votes from the Softball Association of Malaysia abstaining and the rest against the resolution.