THe Young Rioneer Palace, Sevantopol, Russia.
The headline was great, in fact the producing machines must never stop, just produce the numbers in quantity eventually the quality will appear.
Sifu remembers in 1988 while in USSR, the system picks all good chess players and places them in District Sports Schools, the better ones to the country Sports Schools and the best to the School of Pioneers, where all the masters materials are moulded into world champions.
All masters material will have a 1 trainer to 4 students and all Grandmaster or international master material will have a one to one coaching by a grandmaster or at a minimum an International Master so Russia never lack of masters material as the training never ends as will begin when it reached almost the end.
MSSM must study this methodology as it was never an open secret that quantity will eventually leads to quality materials. Please read on:
New Straits Times
Sunday Guest: MSSM must never stop producing
BUDGETARY constraints should never have been used as a justification by the Malaysian Schools Sports Council (MSSM) to reduce the number of sports in its annual programme.
There are a number of avenues MSSM could have explored if cost cuts were really needed to continue without resorting to axing certain sports.
MSSM should have tried to bring in sponsors to make up for the shortfall and conducted competitions without the frills such as opening ceremonies that usually accompany these events.
It was very surprising that sports such as table tennis and cross country, which cost very little to organise, were also dropped.
In the 1960s and 1970s, very little money was allocated to fund sports meets yet we were able to organise the competitions without too much fuss.
Many sacrifices were made on the part of parents and teachers to make the meets a success with schools also contributing financial assistance where possible.
MSSM officials will do well to remember that schools' competitions are where the future stars of Malaysian sports are unearthed.
There are many athletes who have been discovered through MSSM competitions such as B. Rajkumar, Saik Oik Cum, Zaiton Othman, the Sidek brothers, Marina Chin and Nurherman Majid, to name a few.
I was involved in the organisation of the first national level inter-schools football tournament in 1957, so I know more than most the importance of schools competition for the development of sports.
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Malaysia has a base of two million schoolchildren where talent can be identified.
These schoolchildren must be involved in sports not just to discover the talented ones, but so that the ordinary ones are also able to develop physically.
A schools coach whom I know once stressed that schoolchildren must have done at least five things in sports - run, jump, throw, kick a ball and bat (cricket).
Which is why mass participation of schoolchildren is a good idea to build a base for the future.
With the decline of playing fields all around us, MSSM's actions would have delivered the final blow to the interest of young sportsmen and sportswomen.
Public interest in schools competitions must also be revived and this is where the media has an important part to play.
State and national schools championships used to receive prominent coverage but this is no longer the case.
The attitude of teachers towards sport must also change and while I understand not all have an interest in sports, the Education Ministry must have a special group of teachers trained to be become dedicated sports teachers.
I am glad that Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has increased the budget for schools sports and reinstated the 11 sports that were initially dropped.
- The writer is a former vice chairman of the MSSM technical committee.
*notes to ponder about School of Pioneers*
The school of pioneers were eventually closed after the breakup of USSR, but now some have been reopened but the ideas behind it could be adopted into MSSM.
There were some essential differences between Soviet secondary schools and Young Pioneer Palaces. The latter consisted of specialized hobby groups and sections. Entrance for schoolchildren was not mandatory, and educational programs in Young Pioneer Palace hobby groups were designed so that they didn't duplicate school programs. However, there were also some similarities: hobby groups were organized by children's ages, similar to school classes; and admittance to Young Pioneer Palaces was completely free of charge. Educational work at the Palaces was designed to cultivate children's interests in labour, knowledge, development of creative abilities, professional orientation, and amateur talent activities. There were various sports, cultural and educational, technical, political, artistic, tourist, and young naturalist hobby groups in Young Pioneer Palaces. One of the main stated principles of educational work in hobby groups was: "Having been taught, now teach your comrade".
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