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Published: Monday December 2, 2013 MYT 10:05:00 PM
Updated: Monday December 2, 2013 MYT 10:25:35 PM

NSC to SEA Games athletes: Compete without fear

Bigger security presence. National Sports Council (NSC) director general Datuk Zolkples Embong said that security at the Myanmar SEA Games would be very tight so the Malaysian contingent should not be unduly worried. - AFP

Bigger security presence. National Sports Council (NSC) director general Datuk Zolkples Embong said that security at the Myanmar SEA Games would be very tight so the Malaysian contingent should not be unduly worried. - AFP

PUTRAJAYA: The national athletes and officials heading for the Myanmar SEA Games, which begin on Dec 11, should not be too concerned with the security problem in the country.

National Sports Council (NSC) director general Datuk Zolkples Embong pointed out that security would be very tight in Myanmar.

“The Myanmar government will station more security personnel at the Games village and all the venues. They have assured us that no unwanted incidents will take place in their country,” said Zolkples after officiating the last phase of training for the SEA Games-bound athletes at the IOI Resorts Palm Garden in Putrajaya yesterday.

The Games will be held in two cities – Yangon and Naypyitaw.

Even the day-long rain did not dampen the spirits of the 272 athletes who attended the four-day training camp.

Zolkples, however, advised the athletes to stay at the Games Village and not stray on their own.

“If they need to move around and away from the Games Village, they should do so in groups,” said Zolkples, who added that all athletes, including those going under Category B, will travel by air from Yangon to Naypyitaw.

“We don’t want athletes to take risks by travelling by road from Yangon to Naypyitaw. It also saves time as travelling by road takes six hours while it’s only an hour by flight.”

Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) secretary Datuk Sieh Kok Chi, who also attended the function, thanked the Myanmar government for reducing the price of the domestic flight ticket from Yangon to Naypyitaw.

“The flight ticket from Yangon to Naypyitaw and back is US$130 (RM400) and that’s reasonable,” he said.

The water-polo team were the first to leave for Naypyitaw on Monday as their competition begins on Thursday.

The wushu team will leave on Tuesday for their competition, which begins on Friday.

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