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Published: Thursday December 12, 2013 MYT 10:26:00 PM
Updated: Thursday December 12, 2013 MYT 10:27:53 PM

Khairy hopes cost to host SEA Games will be under RM80m

NAYPYITAW: Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin hopes that the cost of organising the 2017 SEA Games, if Malaysia host it, does not reach RM80mil.

“Although the Cabinet has approved this amount, we want to reduce the cost. We will use the facilities in Bukit Jalil and improve other facilities but we will ensure it does not affect standards.

“The amount mentioned is just the estimated cost, not the actual cost,” he told reporters after calling on the Malaysian contingent at the SEA Games Village here on Thursday.

Also present were Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) president Tunku Tan Sri Imran Tuanku Ja’afar and National Sports Council (NSC) director-general Datuk Seri Zolkples Embong.

Khairy did not rule out the possibility that several sports would be held outside the Klang Valley, including in Sabah, Sarawak, Terengganu and Johor.

“Kuala Lumpur is still the main venue for the 2017 SEA Games. We do not want to have too many venues as it will troublesome (for the organiser).”

He was confident that the Malaysian contingent would achieve the target of 40 gold medals although several major sports have failed to meet expectations.

The ministry would conduct a post-mortem on the failure of the sports before determining the amount of annual allocation to be given to the national sports associations.

Earlier, Khairy saw Malaysian badminton and sepak takraw players in action at the Wunna Theikdi Indoor Stadium. — Bernama

Tags / Keywords: SEA Games, Myanmar, Naypyitaw, Nyapidaw, Khairy Jamaluddin, Malaysia, 2017 SEA Games

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