PETALING JAYA: Only athletes with health certificates from their respective countries, certifying them as free from the influenza A(H1N1) virus, will be allowed to compete in the Asean Para Games here from Aug 15-19.
Malaysian Paralympic Council (MPC) president Datuk Zainal Abu Zarin said all 11 countries participating in the Games (including Timor Leste on invitation), would have to produce health certificates from their countries as a precautionary measure.
“The directive applies to Malaysia as well and the screenings will be done by the Health Ministry, the National Sports Council (NSC) and the National Sports Institute (ISN),” he said yesterday after briefing representatives of the participating countries on safety measures that needed to be taken in view of the global spread of the disease.
Zainal also said that a meeting would be held next week with the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) to seek their cooperation in providing a separate area to screen the Games’ participants.
MPC said they would also appeal to the Health Ministry to carry out screening at the hotels where the athletes stay during the Games.
“All these measures are being emphasised to ensure the Para Games can go on without any disruption or cancellation,” he said.
The Games, being hosted by Malaysia after SEA Games host Laos declined due to a lack of expertise, facilities and funds, would see 980 disabled athletes competing in 11 sports – athletics, swimming, badminton, table tennis, power-lifting, chess, bowling, sailing, wheel-chair tennis, wheel-chair basketball and sitting volleyball. – Bernama