By Nor Baizura Basri dan Muhamad Syafiq Mohd Tayeb
JOHOR BAHRU, March 4 -- Radin Amerul Radin Kamarul Affendy, 24, would never have expected that his career in gymnastics would be short-lived due to injury.However, that has not stopped him from sharing his experience and contributing to the sport he loves so much by taking a coaching course to help develop young talent.
Given the lack of direction and uncertainty in the future of the sport, the former gymnast feels that education is vital in his preparations for any future possibilities.He admits that with each passing time and the emergence of many young talents have impacted his journey and career as an athlete.“In gymnastics, when you reach the age of 24, you can consider retirement because this sport requires flexibility and strong bones although it is different for every athlete,” he told Bernama recently.
Realising his drop in performance as an athlete after suffering a right knee injury in Form Five, he continued to pursue his undergraduate studies to ensure a bright future and earned a level one coaching certificate in 2015.“In this sport, once you suffer serious injuries, what else can you do? Education gives you something to fall back on,” said Radin Amerul who is in his final year Communications degree course at Universiti Putra Malaysia.Meanwhile, the father of sailing athlete, Shahrin Hassan, 56, regretted that some sport administrators did not care about the educational needs of athletes who had been involved in sports since childhood.
His son, Naquib Eiman, 21, has been involved in the sport since he was nine years old and has stayed at the National Sailing Training Centre in Langkawi away from his family in Johor Bahru, since he was 12."As guardians, the administrators should be concerned whether these kids, who are under their supervision, attend school or not,” he said, expressing regret that some officers in sports associations seemed only concerned with sporting achievements.He was upset that despite his child’s Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) exams coinciding with the 2017 SEA Games, there was no effort by the management to do something about it for the athletes concerned.“At that time, the management couldn’t care less about those taking the exams. A colleague of Naquib had overslept due to exhaustion and missed the exams because nobody woke him up,” he said.
As a result, he said some of the athletes faced difficulty in their pursue of higher education and had to settle for mediocre jobs due to their average SPM results.Shahrin said since parents of athletes were not able to provide guidance in determining the direction of their child's education, sports administrators should be taking the lead.“If the parents have no initiative, the child will suffer. In my opinion, sports and education should go hand in hand,” he said, upset that some former athletes were now finding it hard to make a living.-- BERNAMA