Statistics don’t lie

Malay Mail, 19/12/2007

RIZAL HASHIM

FELICITATIONS to the Sports Ministry, the National Sports Council, the Olympic Council of Malaysia, the national sports associations, athletes and the whole contingent for surpassing the 64-gold target in the Korat SEA Games.

The so-called magical mark was met when Moh Keen Ho potted the snooker individual gold, accomplishing it on the same day The Malay Mail turned 111 last Friday.

Tears of relief and joy flowed freely down NSC director-general Datuk Zolkples Embong’s cheeks Sports Minister, Datuk Seri Aza lina Othman Said, was quick to offer her syabas (well done) to the contingent and all stakehold ers, saying it signified success for the entire nation.

“With the key performance in dex system coming into play, I hope the results will only be bet ter,” she told Bernama.

The contingent, at a glance, performed to expectations.

Every athlete’s overall perform ance is determined by the achievement of measurable quant itative targets as well as the demonstration of qualitative skills. KPIs computation is there fore imperative in producing greater motivation to achieving results.

But before we go overboard with our celebrations, let’s put things in the proper perspective.

Malaysia, with a massive 699 athletes, were represented in 40 sports and 369 out of 475 disciplines.

On the surface, it is true the 68 gold medals harvested over a peri od of two weeks in Nakhon Ratchasima, or Korat for short, were the biggest haul ever outside Kuala Lumpur.

Go deeper into it and statistics suggest we had done better pre viously in terms of the percentage of gold medals won against the number of medals at stake.

The 68 gold tally is equivalent to 18.43 per cent of the total gold medals contested.

Compare that to the 61 gold in Manila which was equivalent to 22.18 per cent of the gold at stake, or the 1999 edition in Brunei, where the 57 gold medals won constituted 24.46 per cent of the medals at stake.

Yet in Manila 2005, the con tingent finished fourth overall, while the recent edition saw Malaysia finish second behind hosts Thailand.

NSC must admit there were very few emerging talents that shone in Korat.

Most of the outstanding per formers are already well-estab lished in their respective discip lines.

Daniel Bego’s progress is well-documented, while equestri an’s Qabil Ambak Mahamad Fath il’s four gold medals did not come as a surprise, considering he was the Most Valuable Athlete in the 2001 edition.

Cheng Chu Sian, who shot down two gold, is the No 1 archer in the country for the past two years, while diver Yeoh Ken Nee’s three gold haul was expected since he took his first plunge in the Chi angmai Games 12 years ago.
It was, however, heartening to note that the record breakers came from Olympic sports, not ably Rayzam Shah Wan Sofian’s golden debut with a blistering 13.91s in the 110m hurdles plus Khoo Chai Lin’s record-breaking performances in the 400m and 800m freestyle events.

By now we have all grown ac customed to football getting the stick and the brickbats.

A gold from the footballers would have offered greater sat isfaction and a bigger present for Malaysia.

But for now let’s play around with the figure 68, or 18.43 per cent, depending on your view point!

~ by missjewelz on December 19, 2007.

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