Thursday, March 03, 2011

a root of many kinds of evil?

the hospital organised an in-house badminton competition. a few of my colleagues who were taking part asked me to join as well - just for fun, they said.

i was reluctant for 2 main reasons. 1st, my joints creaked when they are stretched. and 2nd, nobody plays just for fun when cash prizes are involved.
besides, i was on-call that weekend. 

the day after the tournament ended, i found out that a few people had cried foul over the draw. well, actually it was over the re-draw. many questioned why the re-draw was necessary & why it wasn't done publicly. as it turned out, the re-draw had largely favoured a particular participant with a bye. the one who was given the bye in the original draw even withdrew from the competition in protest because of this lack of transparency.

in the end, justice was served & the favoured participant didn't win. i've always felt that when money is involved, all gloves would come off. nothing would be just for fun anymore.

the person organising this competition is a colleague, so i took a dig at him - told him the MACC are looking for him & i advised him to request for an interrogation room without windows or one on the ground floor.

we both then burst out laughing.

14 comments:

house-tai said...

aku tak paham. what does a transparent (lucky?) draw has to do with a badminton tournament? in badminton everyone can see who's the winner rite? *garu kepala*

wenn said...

just don't be biased.

stay-at-home mum said...

Aiyo, next time cheap trophies will do, no need for cash prize, so for sure, no hanky panky involved.

doc said...

House-Tai,

this draw determines which players are playing against each other. sometimes, most of the good players are in the same half of the draw, so players in the other half get a better chance to enter the final. when there are odd number of players, a bye into the next round occurs.

doc said...

wenn,

biase, or the more common term "favouritism", unfortunately rears its ugly head all the time.

doc said...

SAHM,

excellent idea! at least the entry fees collected can be used for a more worthy cause.

Andrea Wh@tever said...

I dun think I'd ever played any games for fun. I'm always in it to win. If I lose, I'll just throw an tantrum and cry. *LOL*

Yvonne Foong said...

The draw itself determines how high a chance one has to winning the cash prize and that makes matters complicated, huh?

Then better not have cash prizes. I never liked competing for prizes. ;)

doc said...

Andrea,

did that competitive spirit make you a go-getter? ooooh, you could lose a few friends that way.

doc said...

Yvonne,

that's what money do to nice decent people - turn them into er.... not-so-nice people.

Mei Teng said...

It pays to play fair and square. Integrity is lacking alot these days.

doc said...

Mei Teng,

all because of the prize money.

HappySurfer said...

Yeah, no more fun when there's no fairness. Hi Doc!

doc said...

hi H.Surfer!

it's like badminton - no fun playing against the wind!