KUALA LUMPUR: The door is still open for the seven divers caught in an alcohol-consuming and partying incident to compete in the Asian Games in Indonesia from Aug 18-Sept 2.
This is the assurance given by Asian Games chef de mission Datuk Seri Abdul Azim Mohd Zabidi.
“There is no problem for them to go to Indonesia,” said Azim when asked to comment on Thursday’s apology by the divers on their behaviours during a training camp in Guangzhou, China, in February.
“The divers have apologised and the issue is over,” said Azim.
He said he sympathised with the divers as it was their Chinese New Year eve celebration.
“If we want people to look at us with respect, the discipline must be high and we should not do things that will damage our image and the nation’s image.”
“But at the same time we must take into account that this is a Chinese New Year eve celebration and many of them were Chinese. This was their ‘raya’,” Azim said.
He added that it all happened behind closed doors during a three-day break from training and that it was unfortunate that someone had recorded the scene.
“Don’t be too harsh on them. The athletes have regretted and made the apology, and that should be the end of it, full stop,” said Azim.
He added that all athletes should adhere to a high level of discipline all the time.