Quality over quantity for SEA Games says Beng Choo

KUALA LUMPUR, 1 April -- Setiausaha Kehormat Majlis Olimpik Malaysia (MOM) Datuk Low Beng Choo (kiri) bersama Naib Presiden MOM Prof Datuk Dr Zakaria Ahmad (kanan) pada sidang media mengenai penganjuran Sukan SEA 2017 Kuala Lumpur di Wisma MOM hari ini. --fotoBERNAMA (2016) HAK CIPTA TERPELIHARA

KUALA LUMPUR: National sports associations and SEA Games Federation (SEAGF) Council members have appealed for another 222 events from 41 sports to be included in the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games.

These include 114 events in men’s category, 100 in women’s section and eight mixed events.

The Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) technical committee had drawn up a list of 34 sports and 342 events in their first provisional list in February.

OCM secretary Datuk Low Beng Choo said that the closing date for national sports associations and SEAGF council members to appeal for the sports and events to be included was Thursday.

“But Brunei have requested for a one-week extension until April 5 due to some reasons,” she said.

“We have received many appeals from the national sports associations and also from SEAGF council members.

“We cannot accept all the 222 appeals as we have to look at our budget, the availability of venues, duration of the Games and also the chances of our athletes winning medals in the events.

“We want to organise a quality SEA Games ... not one based on quantity.

“The Youth and Sports Minister (Khairy Jamaluddin) wants the KL SEA Games to be the best-ever Games for everyone and he also wants Malaysia to achieve the ‘Kita Juara’ programme (to become overall champions).”

Beng Choo also said that only few sports, like athletics and swimming, had listed the events to be included in the 2017 KL SEA Games.

The Malaysian Athletics Federation (MAF) had appealed for the inclusion of men and women’s marathon, men and women’s 3,000m steeplechase, decathlon and heptathlon while the Amateur Swimming Union of Malaysia (Asum), together with the Singapore and Vietnam National Olympic Councils, want the 50m swimming events and the women’s water polo to be included.

“Some sports associations did not even list the events they wanted us to include for the SEA Games,” said Beng Choo.

They include bodybuilding, jetski, kabbadi, modern pentathlon, paragliding, sports climbing, tarung derajat, vovinam and wrestling.

Beng Choo said that some sports – like jetski, kabbadi, paragliding, sports climbing and tarung derajat – will not be considered for the Games because “they are not listed in Article 34 (5) or are not members of SEAGF”.

She also said that they would hold a meeting in mid-May to consider all the appeals.

“We need to compile all the necessary details and also look into all factors before making a final decision either on July 13 or July 14,” said Beng Choo.

“We will finalise the number of sports and events by July as we need to inform all SEAGF council members a year before the 2017 KL SEA Games (from Aug 19-31).

“Although we can decide in August, it will be a busy month because of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.”

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