PENANG: All 369 events in 26 sports from the original programme have been retained for the Kedah Sukma competition.
Sukma 2006 chief co-ordinating officer Mohamad Che Nai confirmed that the Sukma supreme council meeting held on Thursday in Alor Star had not dropped any event for the Games, which begin on Wednesday.
Prior to the meeting, the National Sports Councils officer Abdul Jalil Abdullah had stated that seven events the mens and womens hammer throw and womens pole vault in athletics and womens weightliftings below 63kg, 69kg, 75kg and above 75kg categories werelikely to be scrapped because of insufficient entries.
The Sukma rules require at least eight participants before an event can be contested. However, the ruling has not been applied in the history of the Games.
For the sake of sportsmanship, the supreme council decided to go ahead with all the seven events concerned.
With the decision, the total gold medals at stake for Sukma 2006 remains at 369, said Che Nai when contacted at the Games secretariat yesterday.
Besides athletics and weightlifting, the other sports contested are aquatics, archery, basketball, bowling, football, cycling, gymnastics, golf, hockey, shooting, pencak silat, sailing, sepak takraw, squash, badminton, netball, lawn bowls, karate, fencing, boxing, taekwondo, table tennis, rugby and wushu.
On another matter, Che Nai said the Sukma organisers accepted the supreme councils decision not to hike the registration fee of the athletes.
Kedah had asked that the fee be raised to RM100 from the present RM20, which was set at the inaugural Games back in 1986.
Said Che Nai: We respect the councils decision and will not pursue the matter further.
However, I want to clarify that the RM10,000 charge imposed on each participating contingent is a deposit and not a payment.
This amount will be returned to the contingent at the end of the Games. However, we will deduct costs for repairs if we find their athletes had damaged either the accommodations or sporting venues.