PETALING JAYA: The Kelantan football team will miss all the action at the Malaysia Games (Sukma) in Sarawak.
The east coast side are the notable absentee in the 13-team football competition, which kicks off on July 19.
Kelantan sports council chairman Datuk Rosmadi Ismail said that efforts to get the state Under-21 team back into the fray had failed after the Sukma technical committee turned down their appeal in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday.
“There is no more avenue for appeal ... no way,” said Rosmadi on Thursday.
Kelantan had, after initially opting out from the football competition, made a last-minute U-turn. They appealed to National Sports Council (NSC), who then referred the matter to the technical committee.
Rosmadi said they had no choice but to abide by the decision because “the draw for the football competition has already been made”.
“The decision not to participate in football was from the previous committee. I’m the new chairman and I tried my best to get the team reinstated because we have the state President’s Cup squad in place and they are top of the standings,” said Rosmadi.
The Kelantan President’s Cup squad are coached by former international Hashim Mustapha and they lead the standings in Group A with 32 points from 10 wins, two draws and two defeats.
Sukma defending champions Perak are drawn with Negri Sembilan and Penang in Group D.
Group A: Johor, Malacca, Selangor, Perlis
Group B: Kedah, Sabah, Pahang
Group C: Sarawak, K. Lumpur, Terengganu
Group D: Perak, N. Sembilan, Penang