KUALA LUMPUR: A total of 81 out of the 405 athletes bound for the Manila SEA Games from Nov 27-Dec 5 have yet to undergo medical check-ups as required by the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM).
And the team managers of the 10 sports have been warned by SEA Games Chef de Mission Low Beng Choo on Thursday that their athletes will be left behind if they don't go for the check-ups.
“I want to remind the team managers that they have to ensure that their athletes take the medical tests as this is a requirement. We are very serious about this.
“In fact, with the avian flu scare, we are told that the authorities at the Manila Airport will be very strict in their screening procedure,” said Beng Choo.
The check is a general health screening and not targetted at any specific diseases.
NSC director general Dr Ramlan Aziz said that the teams should have made arrangements for the check-up earlier and not wait until the last minute.
“This last-minute thing seems to be a Malaysian malady. It is a common knowledge that a medical test is required when we are going for a major tournament. So teams must take the steps to get it done as early as possible.”
The sports whose athletes have yet to take their medicals are swimming (6), diving (6), baseball (18), cycling (6), volleyball (6), karate (6), shooting (7), softball (12), taekwondo (1) and bowling (13).
The athletes will check into Bukit Jalil today for a two-week camp prior to leaving for Manila.