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Published: Thursday December 19, 2013 MYT 3:06:00 PM
Updated: Thursday December 19, 2013 MYT 3:08:40 PM

No karate at 2015 SEA Games

The karate gold winners (from left) Syakilla Salni Jefry, A. Nisha, S. Shree Sharmini and S. Senthil Kumaran with their medals from the 2013 SEA Games.

The karate gold winners (from left) Syakilla Salni Jefry, A. Nisha, S. Shree Sharmini and S. Senthil Kumaran with their medals from the 2013 SEA Games.

NAYPYITAW: Singapore will host the next SEA Games in 2015 after a lapse of 22 years. And they have listed out 30 sports which will be held in the republic in two years’ time.

The bad news is, karate, which has done exceptionally well in the biennial Games, is not on the list.

Karate has been in the SEA Games programme for the last 20 years and surprisingly Singapore have decided to leave it out.

Malaysia’s best ever achievement in karate was in Kuala Lumpur in 2001, with a total of nine golds.

And their best result, outside KL was in Brunei in 1999 with seven golds.

In the Myanmar SEA Games, the Malaysian Karate-do Federation (Makaf) had set a target of three gold medals but they surprised everyone to win seven of the 17 gold medals at stake in Naypyitaw.

In fact, to date, karate have contributed the most number of gold medals in the Myanmar Games out of the 30 sports Malaysia have entered.

The country won five golds in kumite and two in kata in Naypyitaw. And, many of the national exponents who bagged gold are young and can feature in the next two to three SEA Games.

Makaf were looking forward to doing much better in terms of gold medal haul in Singapore.

National kumite coach R. Puvaneswaran said that they are shocked that Singapore have left out karate.

“We have no idea why Singapore don’t want to have karate in the Games,” said the former international.

The Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) will push Singapore to include karate during their SEA Games Federation meeting next year.

The list of sports included in the 2015 Singapore SEA Games are aquatics, athletics, sailing, table tennis, canoeing, bowling, wushu, fencing, netball, gymnastics, billiards and snooker, hockey, softball, waterskiing, golf, football, shooting, badminton, cycling, tennis, pencak silat, sepaktakraw, rugby, basketball, traditional boat race, archery, triathlon, judo, taekwondo and squash.

Tags / Keywords: karate, SEA Games, Singapore, host, 2015 SEA Games, Naypyitaw, Myanmar

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