Athletes make sacrifices and bring honour to the country but they end up playing second fiddle to officials who are put on a pedestal and rewarded with perks, even free health screening.
Malaysia’s elite athletes must continue to sharpen their minds to ensure they stay on top of their game, says National Sports Institute’s psychology officer Philip Lew.
Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) president Datuk Seri Norza Zakaria says recording trials and tribulations of Malaysians athletes can serve as motivation for upcoming talents.
Olympian Che Chew Chan happy to help athletes transition into the corporate world once they retire, adding it would be best if they heard the good and bad from a fellow athlete.
Sports associations in Malaysia not only lack empathy but also proper records in honouring national heroes.
Ex-model Jersey Chong, who is now Chinese superstar Fan Bingbing’s international spokesperson and manager, wants to give Malaysian athletes a new lease of life.