New chief to lead NAAM

New Straits Times - - Sport -

THE Na­tional Archery As­so­ci­a­tion of Malaysia (NAAM) elected a new leadership led by deputy de­fence min­is­ter Datuk Seri Mohd Jo­hari Ba­harum at their an­nual gen­eral meet­ing in Kuala Lumpur yes­ter­day.

Jo­hari edged in­cum­bent Yazid Yahya in a close vote, 19-18, in a three-way bat­tle for the pres­i­dent’s post while for­mer NAAM sec­re­tary Mej (rtd) Ba­harud­din Jamil was a dis­tant third af­ter polling eight votes from the 46 del­e­gates present, with one bal­lot spoilt.

Ah­mad Zaini Sham­sud­din was elected deputy pres­i­dent un­op­posed af­ter his chal­lenger Zainal Bidin with­drew while Zamzaini Zolk­effi and Sham­sud­din Ibrahim are the two new vi­cepres­i­dents.

The re­sult of the vot­ing for the pres­i­dent’s post high­lighted a split that is still ev­i­dent within the as­so­ci­a­tion fol­low­ing an ear­lier at­tempt, which was later re­solved, to bar five af­fil­i­ates from the meet­ing.

Jo­hari urged the af­fil­i­ates to put their dif­fer­ences be­hind them and work for the bet­ter­ment of the sport.

“I am grate­ful for the trust placed in me to lead NAAM af­ter be­ing ap­proached by sev­eral as­so­ci­a­tions to con­test in these elec­tions,” said Jo­hari.

“I want ev­ery­one to be com­mit­ted to the sport be­cause with­out co­op­er­a­tion the as­so­ci­a­tion will not go any­where and we can’t de­velop the sport.

“Let by­gones be by­gones and I hope that ev­ery­one who con­tested in these elec­tions will sup­port the work of the ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee.”

Yazid’s ouster fol­lows two years of rocky re­la­tions be­tween NAAM and their af­fil­i­ates and in­ter­nal strife within the as­so­ci­a­tion.

But Jo­hari hopes that ev­ery­one within the sport is fo­cused on the main ob­jec­tives.

“I am ready to lis­ten to ad­vice and re­ceive con­struc­tive crit­i­cism,” he said. “Our goal should be the same, that is to de­velop archery in the coun­try and con­tinue to pro­duce archers of qual­ity.”

In other posts, out­go­ing deputy pres­i­dent Chong Yap Jin was one of six ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee mem­bers elected along with Mej (rtd) Amir Suhar­man Ad­nan, Zain­ud­din Talib, Lt Kol (rtd) Esah Su­laiman, Azri Mat Yu­sof and Ab­dul Razak Yaa­cob.

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