KUALA LUMPUR: Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman says he will announce Malaysia’s gold medal target for the Asian Games in Indonesia, which kicks off later this month, on Friday (Aug 10).
“Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad will present the Jalur Gemilang to the Malaysian contingent before the start of our Cabinet meeting.
“It is then that we will announce to the media our focus and gold medal target,” he said when replying to a question raised by Mohd Shahar Abdullah (BN-Paya Besar) during Minister's Question Time in Parliament on Thursday (Aug 9).
On the safety of Malaysian officials, athletes and fans while in Indonesia for the Games, Syed Saddiq said the organisers and Asian Olympics Council had issued guidelines.
“Malaysian police are also in contact with their Indonesian counterparts to get an early assessment of the situation on the ground there,” he added.
The minister also told lawmakers that the Malaysian embassy in Indonesia will set up a one-stop centre to assist Malaysians during the Games.
He urged Malaysians fans not to respond to provocation as there would be official channels to lodge complaints.
The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) had earlier sent a letter of protest to the Asean Football Federation (AFF) and Asian Football Confederation (AFC) over provocative chants from Indonesian fans during a match in Surabaya, Indonesia on July 30.
On July 13, Malaysia’s Under-19 players and fans were pelted by missiles by Indonesian fans during 2018 AFF U-19 Youth Championship semi-finals.Some 426 athletes and 190 officials will represent Malaysia in 35 events during the Jakarta Palembang 2018 Asian Games from Aug 18 to Sept 2.
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