Kuala Lumpur did not submit to bid for Olympics 2020 - a smart decision
If Kuala Lumpur to host the Olympics in 2020, it will be the first one for South East Asia. That is glorious.
There was a plan for Kuala Lumpur to bid to host the Olympics in 2020. There was also a news reported that it could be done with Singapore hosting it together with Kuala Lumpur.
However, Youth and Sports Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin said, Malaysia is not a medal-winning nation. Channeling the cost to host the Olympics will leave the country a huge amount of debts. Better use it to train the athletes, to focus on the mission we have yet to accomplish. To win the first Olympics gold medal.
Khairy spoke to The Malay Mail, "After the Rio Games, we will prioritize on the spending for the Podium program and review funds for emerging sports like karate which has medal potentials for the Tokyo Games."
A smart decision.
Even if Kuala Lumpur to organize the Olympics 2020 instead of Tokyo, the public scrutiny would be severe and be tormenting. There would be a lot of backlashes, especially in the social media.
Even when The Malay Mail reported that Malaysia is not bidding to host Olympics 2020, the comments below were sarcastic.
This is so demotivating. When the country wants to do something big, the public always looks at the consequences, not the advantages.
A smart decision that Kuala Lumpur is not organizing the Olympics. It is not just because we have a bigger mission - to win the gold medal. But also, we want to make Malaysians 'happy' with the decision. Sort of.
The biggest sports event that Malaysia has ever organized was the Commonwealth Games 1998. I was too young to understand what is the Commonwealth Games (and Olympics) during that time. I was 5 years old.
When I watched the footage of the Commonwealth Games 1998 on YouTube, it was spectacular. Stadium Bukit Jalil was so gigantic. It looked magnificent just like the Bird's Nest Stadium during Beijing 2008 Olympics. The fireworks, the cultural performances, everything was jaw-dropping.
We successfully organized Commonwealth 1998. Of course, we can do the Olympics. We just need to polish the stadiums that we have. The sports facilities that we have. We re-use everything that we had during the Commonwealth for the Olympics. Just transform it to make it better.
Khairy also mentioned, "We could bid to host the Olympics in 2028 or 2034."
Former Prime Minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad said in his biography, A Doctor in the House. He built Stadium Bukit Jalil not just for the Commonwealth but also for the Olympics. It could happen sooner or later. Probably not during his lifetime.