KUALA LUMPUR: Athletes may have to undergo a compulsory fitness test as part of the criteria in the selection of the national squad for international meets such as the SEA Games, the Asian, Commonwealth and Olympic Games.
Honorary Secretary of the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) Datuk Sieh Kok Chi said the suggestion on the compulsory fitness test might be discussed at the OCM's council meeting next month.
We know fitness tests are already being carried out now but we don't see the results at all.
We hope to have the fitness tests carried out together with the National Sports Council (NSC) before selecting athletes for major championships, he told reporters after launching the Power Run 2003, here yesterday.
He said the OCM must be fair to the athletes to avoid making mistakes in selecting athletes who were not fit to represent the country.
We will raise this matter with the NSC and study the type of fitness test that needs to be carried, he said.
Kok Chi said the test was also a challenge to the teams whose athletes were not selected to prove that their athletes were prepared to compete at international championships.
Take the case of handball, for example. They want to compete in the SEA Games in Vietnam at the end of the year but they have taken part in no championships for us to gauge (their fitness).
So, we hope they will organise a handball championship in the country and invite several teams from Asean member countries. Thereafter, we can assess their performance whether they can compete or otherwise, he said.
Two weeks ago, the OCM and NSC listed 18 sports in which Malaysia would participate at the 22nd SEA Games in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City from Dec 5 to 13.
The sports are archery, aquatics, athletics, badminton, basketball, body-building, boxing, men's football, fencing, gymnastics, silat, sepak takraw, karate-do, wushu, weightlifting, taekwando and shooting. Bernama