AS A national ex-athlete – now about 50 plus – I find it difficult to understand why Brunei is always sending teams overseas without managers. (Take for instance, Arafura, BIMP-EAGA, Borneo Games and Sukma).
Our teams are always ‘managerless’ and only with a coach who also acts as the manager.
Recently, we sent our contingent to Incheon Asian Games 2014 and again all the teams were managerless.
I saw on Facebook that during the managers’ meeting only Brunei teams were without managers. This is shameful.
A manager is very important for a team especially in a big and important international meet such as Asian Games.
He is the one who will have to look after the team especially the welfare of the players whereas a coach concentrates on the players’ training and thinks of tactics and ways of winning games.
Furthermore, in the case of Brunei normally the coaches are non-local whereas the team managers are local.
Coaches come and go but our local managers will be here for ever.
Normally managers come from the national associations, be they Presidents, Vice Presidents, Secretary General or even ordinary committee members.
By sending them as managers to any sporting events overseas at regional and international levels is a way of appreciating their voluntary work for the national associations, and giving them experience to interact with other managers from different countries, cultures, backgrounds, etc.
The managers will also be able to gain experience and learn something for the good of our teams and also for their national associations which will benefit not only the national associations but also the players as well as the BNOC, MCYS and JBS.
After all we are going to host the SEA Games in 2019.
– Awang ex-athlete, BSB