August 10, 2015, by Susan Lim

A warm welcome to Murali Paramasivam, Sports Complex Manager

Nottingham University is a place that I have constantly visited since 2005. I had frequently organized the annual MAPCU Sports Carnival here and am very familiar with the facilities thus making life easy to settle down. I see a challenge here to make Nottingham University sport a force to be reckoned with in the private education institution (IPTS), a challenge I simply cannot resist. The team has already started to make waves and I believe I’m the final jigsaw puzzle to guide the team.

Most of my working career has been with the sporting fraternity and my friends keep asking me, why this line of work when you hold a Master’s in Marketing? My answer to them is simple – Sports is in my blood. I’m a strong supporter of Liverpool football club. I’m still actively playing hockey, futsal and badminton. Due to age and nagging bones I’m only playing socially in the veteran’s category.

I love to cook as well and am a fierce critic when it comes to food. Enjoy baking cakes for my kids when I find time. My love for cooking started from a young age as I used to assist my mother, an excellent cook herself, prepare food for all. Topics on sports and food excite me but I’m a real bore if the topics are like economics and politics.

Community service is another field I love to do. Me and my hockey colleagues contribute monthly and the amount is channelled to orphanages and old folks home around the klang valley.

Prior to joining UNMC, I was with The Anti-Doping Agency of Malaysia (adamas) under the Ministry of Youth and Sports heading the education unit. My main task was to create the awareness of anti-doping and educate the athletes on the dangers of doping. Had the privilege of being selected by The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) as the representative from Malaysia as the education ambassador during last year’s 2nd Summer Youth Olympics in Nanjing, China.

My sporting philosophy is simple. You must have dedication, discipline and commitment. Punctuality is essential and passionate to excel in sports. If you are in sports purely for monetary gain, then you are not a true sportsman.

This is a famous statement that I would like to share with all at UNMC. “Sport has the power to unite people in a way little else can. Sport can create hope where there was once only despair. It breaks down racial barriers. It laughs in the face of discrimination. Sport speaks to people in a language everyone can understand”. Quote from The Late Nelson Mandela.

Murali

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