KEDAH are willing to support Negri Sembilan-born swimmer Linvern Lim in his future sports endeavours.
The State Youth and Sports committee chairman, Othman Aziz, said yesterday that Linvern was a victim of circumstances when the Appeals Board of the Sukma Supreme Council revoked his eligibility to compete for Kedah in the Sukma.
“We know he has the potential, and we do not want his talent to go to waste even if Negri disowned him. The Kedah Sports Council are willing to accept him with open arms if he wishes to don our colours,” said Othman.
“The decision to revoke his eligibility to compete in the Games had certainly left a bad taste in the mouth because the National Sports Council (NSC) were the ones who approved an application for him to represent Kedah.
“Linvern had even won a gold (50m backstroke) and a bronze medal when the swimming competition got under way.
“Then came the decision to revoke his eligibility to compete followed a protest lodged by Negri to the Minister of Youth and Sports, Datuk Azalina Othman Said.
“Under the Games regulations, Linvern did not qualify to represent Kedah and it included his residential status.
“The 21-year-old Linvern is no longer eligible to compete in the next Sukma because he will be over the age limit.
“But he is still young and there are other meets for him (to represent Kedah),” said Othman.
Meanwhile, the chef-de-mission of the Kedah contingent, Datuk Wira Ismail Hamid, said there was no disputing the Appeals Board decision but they hoped that Linvern would not be penalised in any way.
Ismail said that support and training should be given to Linvern because he had the potential to compete in international events. – By SIRA HABIBU