Stricter enforcement of SOP in sports following silat death, says Adam Adli

KUALA LUMPUR: The Youth and Sports Ministry will ensure that all organisers of sporting events strictly follow SOPto avoid any untoward incidents involving participants, says Adam Adli.

This comes after the death of Terengganu Sukma silat exponent Wan Muhammad Haikal Wan Hussin, who died during a bout in a tournament in Seremban on Sunday (March 3).

“We extend our condolences and sympathies to the family of the victim," said the Deputy Youth and Sports Minister during Question Time in the Dewan Rakyat on Monday (March 4).

He added that his ministry is waiting for the findings of the initial investigations from the National Silat Federation, who was the organiser.

“We are not pinning the blame on any party. To ensure that such incidents do not repeat, we will ensure all organisers comply with the SOP,” he said.

“This will be coordinated with the Sports Commission and we have launched the Safe Sports Code which includes the responsibility of organisers in compliance of SOP and providing a safe space to ensure that there is a way to handle these risks,” added Adam.

He said the ministry will also work closely with the state sports councils to ensure stricter enforcement of SOP, especially when organising high-risk sporting events.

“We don’t want a repeat of such instances due to a mistake that could have been avoided in the first place,” he said.

Wan Muhammad was participating in a silat competition at the Coral Height Park Community Hall in Seremban on Saturday (March 2) afternoon, collapsed and fell unconscious after he was kicked.

He was declared dead at 1.20am on Sunday (March 3) at the Tuanku Jaafar Hospital in Seremban.

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