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Published: Saturday December 28, 2013 MYT 12:14:00 AM
Updated: Saturday December 28, 2013 MYT 12:20:04 AM

Tunku Imran: We’ll try to get karate back into S’pore Games

The Malaysian karate team contributed seven gold medals at the Myanmar SEA Games recently but the sport has been dropped from the provisional list of sports to be contested in the next Games in Singapore in 2015. - BERNAMA

The Malaysian karate team contributed seven gold medals at the Myanmar SEA Games recently but the sport has been dropped from the provisional list of sports to be contested in the next Games in Singapore in 2015. - BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR: Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) president Tunku Tan Sri Imran Tuanku Ja’afar is hoping the World Karate Federation (WKF) will join OCM in getting karate onto the list of sports that will be contested at the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore.

Tunku Imran said that getting Malaysia’s “golden goose” into the Games will have to be a joint effort between WKF, OCM and the Malaysia Karate Federation (MAKAF).

“OCM and MAKAF will try to persuade Singapore to include karate on the list. We can’t blame them (Singapore) for not having it on the list, because naturally, we would look at it the same way (whether we have a chance of a gold medal) before including it,” said Tunku Imran.

“We’ve got to take all that into account and give them a solid reason why it should be included and why it would be beneficiary for them to include it.

“Besides that, WKF also has a responsibility in giving Singapore the necessary assistance in getting them ready to host the sport. WKF has got to step in and provide some support to them in helping develop the sport more and provide some assistance be it on training or the technical aspects,” he added.

Karate was first introduced in the SEA Games at the 1987 Jakarta Games and has only been excluded twice throughout the 27-year-history of the Games – Singapore (1993) and six years later in Brunei.

Since its inclusion, Malaysia has never failed to deliver medals with their best haul coming at the KL edition in 2001 when they amassed 17 medals – nine golds, three silvers and six bronzes.

In Myanmar recently, karate capped of another great outing by becoming the second most successful sport behind diving when they delivered 15 medals - seven golds, three silvers and five bronzes.

Meanwhile, Tunku Imran is also hoping that biased judging will be a thing of the past when Malaysia hosts the Games in 2017.

“We hope that Malaysia will set a great example in weeding out the issue in four years time.

“That sort of practice goes against the Olympic spirit, it’s simple as that.”

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