First batch of SEA Games athletes check in camp for final phase


By S. SIVABALAN

KUALA LUMPUR: The final phrase of centralised training for the Vietnam SEA Games began yesterday when 16 sports checked into camp at the National Sports Complex.  

Yesterday, 315 athletes and officials checked into camp. 

National Sports Council (NSC) Director of International Preparations, Ahmad Shapawi Ismail said: “The total number sports checking into camp will increase to 17, once the badminton team return from the on-going China Open.” 

“The badminton team will have 11 players, two coaches and five team officials,” said Shapawi. 

“We have already prepared the training schedule for everyone so everything should go as planned.” 

Additional activities in store for the athletes include motivational talks and team building programmes.  

RED AND WHITE HUE: The Malaysia Vietnam SEA Games contingent sit down to listen to the briefing on what to expect when they checked in for the final training camp in Bukit Jalil before departing for the Games in Vietnam from Dec 5 to 13.--STARpic by A. MALEX YAHAYA.

“As for discipline, it will be up to the respective team officials to look into it.”  

“In order to increase the strength of unity, the non-Muslims will be invited to break fast with the Muslims during the Ramadan month.”  

The other 11 sports which also make up the SEA Games contingent will train at the respective training centres in the country and overseas and NSC have agreed to leave them out of the camp. 

The shooters are training in Langkawi. The swimmers in Sabah while the tennis and basketball teams are training in Kuala Lumpur. 

The national men's football team are currently in Australia for a three-match tour in preparation for the Games.  

They will resume their training at Wisma FAM in Kelana after their return. 

Teams training overseas are rowing (Singapore), fencing (United States), judo (Japan) and diving (China).  

The SEA Games contingent will leave for Vietnam to their respective competition venues in batches from Dec 1. Only the men's football players will leave earlier as their match starts on Nov 29. The athletes based overseas will join the rest in Vietnam. 

The flag handing ceremony has been set for Nov 21. The last batch of athletes will leave on Dec 6. 

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