Eleven enabled members of FAM elected a President of the Football Association of Maldvives, alongwith a Vice President and members of the Executive Committee. The elections held today were witnessed and endorsed as being free and fair by the AFC and FIFA.
In the run up to the elections there was much in the media and the town-gossip about bribery and corruption in the upcoming FAM elections. Football being labelled the most popular national game (though, it is actually not so) it became the most widely debated election of all. All sports associations are in the process of electing their office-bearers right now.
As the elections closed in, the media was pleased with the new headlines it cooked up. Yet, I could hardly see anything about the function of the FAM executive committee or even the Chair of FAM. I never heard the clubs or anyone else speak out about the function of the Chair of FAM or the purpose of having an elected person in the post. It was highlighted a little bit in a report on maldivesoccernet. I always believe that the right decision can be made by those who are made aware of the purpose for which they make a decision.
It is so important in this country because we are tribal by nature – we protect and promote our own kind. We have opened up into this global village and have embraced all the modern realities of the global village without the intellectual and emotional capacity to exist as civilized human beings. We are fighting to promote democracy and liberty as we understand it from our tribal mindsets. A significant difference I see is that in the civilized world you don’t go for the kill, but compete with dignity to win; and there are systems and processes that are adhered by all parties to ensure fair play.
Our playing field is nothing less than a vulgar baibalaa show. It is a feast of the beasts! And the losers refuse to accept the winners!
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