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Published: Tuesday February 18, 2014 MYT 7:34:00 PM
Updated: Tuesday February 18, 2014 MYT 7:36:31 PM

'OCM have been fighting for karate inclusion in SEA Games'

Tunku Tan Sri Imran Tuanku Ja’afar: 'I’ve spoken to Singaporean officials many times and even met the World Karate Federation president (Antonio Espinos) where we tried to create a strategy involving all Asean nations to get it in.'

Tunku Tan Sri Imran Tuanku Ja’afar: 'I’ve spoken to Singaporean officials many times and even met the World Karate Federation president (Antonio Espinos) where we tried to create a strategy involving all Asean nations to get it in.'

KAJANG: Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) president Tunku Tan Sri Imran Tuanku Ja’afar has refuted claims that they did not do enough in pushing for the inclusion of karate in the 2015 Singapore SEA Games.

The Malaysian Karate Federation (Makaf) had recently blamed OCM for karate’s exclusion despite the sport delivering seven golds at the Myanmar Games last year.

“OCM have been fighting to get karate in. I’ve spoken to Singaporean officials many times and even met the World Karate Federation president (Antonio Espinos) where we tried to create a strategy involving all Asean nations to get it in.

“But if Singapore do not want it, they do not have to include it as they are the hosts and have the right to do so.

“That is how the SEA Games works. We would do the same thing if it happened to us.

“We are going to be hosts in 2017 and we cannot accommodate 50 sports.

“Other countries are going to ask what about this sport and that sport but, of course, we are going to have to say no because we cannot be including everything,” he said after officiating Taekwondo Malaysia’s (TM) visit to the Rumah Nur Hikmah orphanage in Kajang on Tuesday.

Tags / Keywords: karate, Olympic Council of Malaysia, OCM, Tunku Tan Sri Imran Tuanku Ja’afar, Malaysian Karate Federation, Makaf, SEA Games

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