Khairy Jamaluddin: ' Apart from the introduction of the doping and breathalyser tests, most of the amendments to the rules are on the technical side, mainly to ensure that the Perlis Games go on without any major hiccups.'
KUALA LUMPUR: Doping and breathalyser tests will be introduced in next year’s Malaysia Games (Sukma), which will be held in Perlis.
These tests, among 10 changes that will come into effect at the Games, come after this year’s Sukma was marred by the shock rape case of a female chaperone at the Games Village.
Both tests will be conducted at random by the Anti-Doping Agency of Malaysia (Adamas) during the Games.
Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said that the changes were necessary in introducing stringent rules to ensure a smooth running of future Games.
“Apart from the introduction of the doping and breathalyser tests, most of the amendments to the rules are on the technical side, mainly to ensure that the Perlis Games go on without any major hiccups,” said Khairy at a press conference after the Sukma Supreme Council meeting in Bukit Jalil on Tuesday.
The amendments made to the Sukma general rules involve the participation and registration of delegates and athletes, including those defecting to other states.
States have until the end of this month to submit the number of events they are down to compete in Perlis so as to avoid last year’s fiasco in which the endurance event (equestrian) was called off following the last-minute withdrawal of several states.
“We don’t want any more issues pertaining to athletes being registered by states illegally, last-minute pullouts and the bending of rules,” said Khairy.
“The amendments are here to stay and will ensure a smoother and sharply-run edition of the Games in future.”
The Perlis Sukma, which will have a budget of RM130mil, will also see the inclusion of two new events – cycling (cross country and downhill) and shooting (trap and double trap).
A major part of the budget will be allocated for the building of new infrastructures like the athletics track and badminton and squash courts.
Khairy also announced that Sarawak will host for the 19th edition of the Games in 2016.
“It was a unanimous decision to let Sarawak host the Games,” he said.
“Sarawak has made large investments to upgrade its sporting facilities and is in the midst of building a world-class aquatic centre. And it has done it without asking the Federal Government.
“Besides, the Sukma can be used as a trial-run as the Prime Minister (Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak) has already earmarked Sarawak to hold some events should Malaysia host the 2017 SEA Games.”