KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): The Malaysian Karate Federation (Makaf) are disappointed with Singapore for excluding karate from the 2015 SEA Games.
“We’re very disappointed with the decision, but what can we do? The Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) had appealed to the (Singapore SEA Games) organising committee, but to no avail,” Makaf secretary Vincent Chen said on Thursday.
OCM president Tunku Tan Sri Imran Tuanku Ja’afar had said in early March that there was not much more that they could do for karate to be included at the Singapore SEA Games as the hosts had already made up their mind.
SEA Games Federation executive committee chairman Dr Tan Eng Liang had confirmed on Tuesday that floorball, a hockey-like game that is becoming popular in Singapore schools, and petanque would be the new sports included while karate, weightlifting and wrestling are left out.
Vincent said that Makaf will hold a meeting with other South East Asian Karatedo Federation members after the 2014 Incheon Asian Games to discuss about holding a karate tournament.
The Asiad will be held from Sept 19-Oct 4.
“Our main focus now is the Asian Games. After the Asiad, we will meet other South East Asian Karatedo Federation members to organise a tournament,” he said.
Malaysia’s best achievement in karate at the biennial SEA Games was at the 2001 edition in Kuala Lumpur where they won nine gold medals. At last year’s edition in Myanmar, Malaysian exponents bagged seven out of 17 gold medals at stake.