By Naushad Amit
Eager to continue his own ‘code of conduct’ where there are no special friends and where everyone is treated equally, when it comes to sports, Suresh Subramaniam has achieved another term in office. as President of the Sri Lanka National Olympic Committee (NOC) with the majority supporting his work ethic.
With the NOC elections now over and dusted off, against opposition in the form of (retired) Major General Palitha Fernando, the current president of Sri Lanka Athletics, Subramaniam was of the opinion that the practices he introduced should continue despite who takes over. But ultimately, it was on his shoulders that the responsibility was replaced by the members.
“It’s not about the individual. The bid is about what you can do for the sport, not what you earn. Sport is bigger than me or anyone else, I’m just a small cog in this machine. Four years ago, many trusted me and I succeeded, ”said Subramaniam to what he was able to initiate and adhere to his first term. the Sunday Times.
Unknown to many in the public circle, but famous among the sports fraternity for his “code of conduct” which placed Sri Lankan tennis at its current ranks, both in competitions and in administration, Subramaniam took the lead in the game. NOC in February 2018, in total. foreign to its configuration. But with his immense managerial and administrative skills, and his experience as the former president of the Sri Lanka Tennis Association from 2002 to 2007, and later vice-president, all he had to do was follow the basics.
“I’m someone who doesn’t believe in friends or make friends when it comes to work. Friends are good for fellowship and fellowship. I didn’t come here to interpret the rules, I came here to enforce the rules. I treat everyone, even friends or not, the same because I have no personal interests. I need clean people to work with me and this is how the NOC has operated for the past three years and above, ”he said, refuting claims that the NOC should be cleaned up. corruption, by part of its affiliations.
“Cleaning is the same as I did. Some, unfortunately, speak big, but under me the NOC has functioned in the proper way for it to be managed. We are accountable to higher authorities as well as all affiliated sports associations, and we must be on the safe side. There may have been flaws from previous administrations, but under me the NOC is functioning in the right way, towards a specific plan and purpose. So far we have been successful and hope we will continue in the same way, maybe even better. “
Some of the many initiatives that have emerged during Subramaniam’s first term include the introduction of the High Performance Program, negotiating scholarships for athletes who have the potential to win medals, and most importantly making all members of their affiliations, friends or enemies of what their opinions or choices may be, to work in unison towards a common goal.
“We can brag about the list of work we have accomplished during this time, but my goal will be defeated if we fail in our vision and mission of producing an Olympic medal at the next or next event. We should earn our places on merit, not by invitations or jokers. This is the main objective that I had since the day I joined the NOC, ”he explained.
Bringing this to the fore, Subramaniam and his team formed sub-committees that would focus on specific areas that put athletes first. Their intention is to identify medal prospects in each sport and nurture them with a long-term vision of winning medals at world events such as the Asian, Commonwealth and Olympic Games.
To strengthen this plan, the current NOC administration has signed numerous MoUs (memorandum of understanding) with IOC member countries, to train local athletes who have such potential.
In addition, Subramaniam and his team have put the house in order, maintaining checks and balances, audit reports and other documentation, while keeping its activities transparent.
The year ended, as reported by Subramaniam, the NOC grew richer by Rs. 19 million and expects a gain of Rs. 25 million in the coming year, while boasting of a handsome Kitty.
“I trust the sport I play, I will not change the winning combinations. Over the past four years, we have done a lot of work that would benefit Sri Lanka in the long run. We had no flaws, I can guarantee that.
The main interest of Subramaniam is to maintain discipline among the other members of the administration, in an appropriate working environment where everyone has a say. The current administration has even greatly helped officials, in addition to athletes, to acquire knowledge through workshops and programs organized by the regional body AOC and the IOC, which would help them to become more complete and versatile in their skills. honorary positions within their respective associations. and federations.
“We should learn from other nations which are small, but impressive at the highest level. We must train our athletes with appropriate protocols and above all discipline. For this, administrators must be compatible. As for me, I love sports, which is why I contribute so much with my time, my energy and my finances. At the end of the day, I can walk with my head held high if the sport goes well with what I have contributed, ”summed up his final motive, said Subramaniam.
With the election now a thing of the past, Subramaniam’s popularity increased immensely as a no-fault administrator, when he obtained 21 votes to 12 received by his rival, Major General (rtd) Palitha Fernando. Unlike 2018, where he got 18 against then-rival Rohan Fernando’s 12, this could be seen as an improvement.
“My way of doing work may be different from others. I am a leader, and the number of votes means how I work and how much I have worked without any expectation in return. It gives me the energy to achieve our goals – winning medals at the Commonwealth Games and, in particular, the Olympics. Together with my team, I will continue all the hard work to achieve this, ”he said with confidence.