So Malaysia's won two medals :) That's a great achievement for us, let's not get into detail because that would entail a long, sensitive debate on local sports management. Datuk Lee Chong Wei brought back a silver in badminton (men's single) in a stressful match against China last week, and yesterday I woke up to an unexpected bronze from our 19-year-old diver, Pandelela Rinong Pamg in the women's 10m event. It's a great feeling to see your national flag being raised against the Olympic rings after a competition. Pandelela is Malaysia's first female to win an Olympic medal and from a sport other than badminton.
Malaysia had also won a bronze through athlete M. Vasugi at the 1988 Games in Seoul for Taekwondo but the medal doesn't count in the official medal tally as taekwondo was just a demo sport then. Apparently in 1992, we'd won another bronze at the Barcelona Olympic Games while taekwondo was still a demo sport through an athelete from East Malaysia I've been told. It makes me wonder though. Surely there would've been a surge of inspirational tempest in the local scene then on developing the sport further with active programmes to reach out to youths to produce champions. But what happened ? A tempest in a teapot or a flash in the pan ? Taekwondo became a medal sport in the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
Growing up in the 80s, I remember taekwondo being a cool sport among kids at schools. ( I was just one of those who wouldn't be a part of any sport that involved body contact so I played a bit of badminton and later squash and attempted tennis, but my hand-eye coordination was hopeless ). Given our history and involvement in the sport, shouldn't we be producing some world class talents already ? Perhaps, we have. Perhaps they're just unable to move forward and unleash their capabilities for some reason ? In my heart of hearts, I believe we have athletes of such quality in this discipline.
|Ryan Lochte of the USA. My new Olympic crush :)|
|Jessica Ennis of GB. My girl crush :p|
|Dutch swimmer Ranomi Kromowidjojo - love her too|
|Got to love Jamaica's Bolt for everything, including the post race entertainment :)|
|That's Carmelita Jeter of the USA at the center - she's like a superhero.|
|You've got to admire this fine spirit from SA - Oscar Pistorius|