The ASA or the MOC? Who’s right?

Thursday, July 29, 2010, 19:36

by Sandro Micallef

Last weekend sportinmalta.com dealt with the story of the Youth Olympic Games to be held in mid-August and during which Malta will be represented by a contingent that includes one swimmer. On further investigation by this website it transpired that there is the possibility that the swimmer who gained the fastest time will not be the one being sent to Singapore for these games.

A number of people have voiced their opinion on the subject and while some were in favour of the selection made, others were asking for an explanation by the ASA or the MOC to get to know the truth behind all this.

National swimming coach Andy Colbourn did not approve of the fact that such a subject was being discussed in the media and added, with an official comment on our website, that such matters should have been dealt with within the appropriate ASA structures.

Colbourn went a step further and added that “the decision was not made by the ASA, and the ASA have still not received a suitable answer from the MOC as to what selection criteria they used to select one of the 4 swimmers that were shorlisted to them following my recommendations, to participate in the YOG Games.”

Andy Colbourn also voiced his frustration at how the MOC influenced this selection because “the MOC did not discuss the matter with myself or any ASA official and it is due once again to the MOC over-stepping their boundaries”.

MOC sources have informed us that sportinmalta.com has not got the facts right, but did not go further to explain this case from an MOC’s perspective.

Andy Colbourn’s comment is being published in full below:

“I am glad to see that swimming is generating so much interest in the media….just a shame, as usual, it should be for the wrong reasons. This is not a matter that should be discussed in the media and it is a shame that everyone seems to feel that the media is the place to air their dirty laundry instead of first requesting a meeting with the relevant ASA officials. It is clear from the comments made here that none of you are aware of what went on when the choice was made on which swimmer would be sent to YOG.

All I will say is the decision was not made by the ASA and the ASA have still not received a suitable answer from the MOC as to what selection criteria they used to select one of the 4 swimmers that were shorlisted to them following my recommendations, to participate in the YOG Games. I would also like you all to know that as a national coach it is supposed to be my choice and my choice alone as to which swimmer will represent Malta in any swimming competition, however in this case after my initial recommendations the MOC did not discuss the matter with myself or any ASA official and it is due once again to the MOC over-stepping their boundaries that we have this argument. Finally, I would ask that this stops here and all relevant parties request the information from the ASA.”





4 Comments

  1. max says:

    As always in such cases we have a sort of a Mafia….. The selected swimmer could not even produce his personal best when he swam….what kind of preparation did he get?? With some very good and promising swimmers I expected at least a contingent bigger than that sent for FISEC….it seems that we have more money for the officials than for the athletes . I bet he was accompanied by at least half a dozen’puppaturi’.

    Colburn should be the one to tell us the details if he feels concerned….like that, no more questions will be asked…if he is a serious person he should resign his job, if the prerogative of choosing the swimmer was taken away from him.

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  2. john says:

    If only people knew how much the MOC pay to bring foreigners to take part in the GSSE s and how much they offer to these athletes . So what good is the MOC doing for our pure Maltese athletes ? Just a few you can count with your fingers that are getting any help . With what they offered ASHLEY CALLUS (Australian swimmer) they could helped god knows how many swimmers and athletes. We have nothing to do but complain , we never got to anywhere in sport and if things will stay the same we never will . They have to invest in all young athletes that show improvement not some or none . This has to start today if we want a better tomorrow . The minister of sports should open his eyes and do something fast , i wish to see the Maltese flag , i wish to see success in the future in all Maltese sport

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    Steve Reply:

    Well said John, I’m an athlete and after the sacrifices we do in training everyday no matter what the weather is, and then they pick foreign athletes to compete for Malta, it hurts a lot and is in fact one reason why most athletes stop trying! And why I suggested, I was left aside in international competition to teach me not to talk! Shame that we will never learn!

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  3. Karl says:

    So the MOC has done it again I see !!

    Very typical … the MOC has the funds, the associations need the money, so they can be manipulated. I admire associations like football and basketball who basically don’t need the MOC but seek funding elsewhere and can therefore take their own decisions.

    In my opinion the KMS should administer funds and give something to the MOC to be able to operate. The MOC should not be involved in financial dealings with the associations but focus solely on local sportsmen and women and their competition.

    The KMS and the MOC cannot co-exist with the current setup.

    Three cheers to Andy Colburn who had the guts to come out in the open and slam the MOC for what it’s doing. Many people moan about this situation but no one has the b**** to express an opinion.

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