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Graduates - 10th ASMC.

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A to Zee of sports administration and management

Date : 14 Mar 2018

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, March 14, 2018: In a special article for the Olympic Council of Asia, Mr Zaher Wahab of Singapore, better known as “Zee” in Olympic circles, shares his experience of completing the 10th Advanced Sport Management Course (ASMC) run by the Olympic Council of Malaysia. The course attracted participants from Malaysia, Australia, Cambodia and Singapore.
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“My ASMC Journey” by Zaher Wahab

I still remember wondering what to do next after completing my Sports Administrators’ Course (SAC) in Penang, Malaysia in April 2015 under the supervision of the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM).

The SAC Course Director, Mr Peter Chee of Sarawak, had – in one of his slides – spoken about the IOC’s global initiative to train up more officials in sports administration and management. It was there when I was first introduced to the Advanced Sport Management Course (ASMC) - a year-long Diploma that offers deeper insights into the Olympic movement whilst allowing participants to learn from each other through case studies and collaborative learning.

Fortunately, the OCM admitted me to the 10th ASMC, which began on February 20, 2017.

Using the “Managing Olympic Sports Organisations” handbook prepared by Olympic Solidarity, the ASMC consists of four modules spread evenly over the course of the year encompassing six topics:

*managing an Olympic sports organization

*strategic planning

*managing finances

*managing human resources

*managing marketing

*organising a major sports event.

Each module consists of PowerPoint presentations, group discussions and written tests to gauge each participant’s understanding of the subject matter. Among the many assignments are two 3,000-word papers through which the participant has to write and explain how he/she will put into practice what he/she has learnt during the course.

It was a long and arduous journey with many deadlines to keep but, finally, on March 11, 2018, 18 participants from an initial 35 received their IOC Diplomas from the President of the OCM, HRH Tunku Imran, at a graduation ceremony held at Wisma OCM.

Together with the other foreign participant from Cambodia who passed the course, I am most thankful to have “survived” the ASMC journey and truly feel that I have benefited a lot by learning from my peers and course mates. 

The ASMC has taught me the importance of multi-tasking and being disciplined. All in all, it was really a worthwhile experience and I hope more sports administrators in Asia can also undergo the ASMC.

Ever Onward, Sports Administrators!

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