You probably would have come across the recent news on a teacher who allegedly told his student to convert to Islam to boost his chances of making it to the national football team. Click HERE to read the previous story on this case.
Who said you have to convert to enter Malaysian stadiums? All it matters is the effort and the talent an individual puts in to aim for the place in sports, not the skin color. In fact, did you know we had amazing Indian athletes back then that created history and unbeatable records?
Reminiscing the legendary Indian athletes-
Datuk Dr. M. Jegathesan
Datuk Dr. M. Jegathesan is known as the region’s “flying doctor” and “the fastest man in Asia“. In 1962, he became the first Malaysian to win an Asian Games gold medal in Jakarta. His amazing record still stands strong to date.
Punch Gunalan was a Malaysian badminton legend from the beginning. He was named the Malaysian Sportsman for both years 1969 and 1974. Gunalan’s badminton career began in the 1960s when he became the men’s singles champion of the Negeri Sembilan Badminton Championship.
Ramasamy Subramaniam was a Malaysian middle-distance runner. He was also a keen sportsman and footballer. He won 10 KM gold and 20 KM silver medals at the 1977 sea games.
Chandran Mutveeran was a notable Malaysian footballer. In 1975, Chandran coached the Selangor team and won the Malaysia cup.
Thanabalan Nadarajah was a Malaysian former footballer. He is remembered for his contribution during the Merdeka Tournament in 1968. Thanabalan is remembered for his contribution during the Merdeka Tournament in 1968.
Murugayan Kumaresan was a Malaysian’s former cycling ace. He represented Malaysia at the Olympic games and won a total of 21 medals.
Let’s stop this disharmony using religious sentiments and stereotypes in the sports field.
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