KUALA LUMPUR: Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin wants all athletes who took part in the 29th SEA Games and ninth Asean Para Games to return to their respective states to help enliven the National Sports Day celebration on Oct 14.
“All states and districts will have their own activities, so I have instructed all athletes who took part in the two Games to return to their states to make the celebrations there grander.
“The national-level celebration will be officiated by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak at 11am (on Oct 14) at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil,” he said after attending the Batik Fun Walk 2017 at Balai Seni Visual Negara yesterday.
Among the activities lined up in Bukit Jalil are runs, cycling, netball and futsal competitions, traditional sports and fitness activities.
The celebration, which is held on the second Saturday in October annually, is an initiative to make Malaysia a sporting nation.
On the issue of doping at the SEA Games, Khairy stressed that he wants all athletes to stay away from substances banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
“Don't do it, how many more programmes must we carry out to get the message across?” said Khairy.
“Programmes on this (doping awareness) are ongoing and we will do more in future.”
A Malaysian gold medallist is believed to have taken sibutramine which is banned by WADA. — Bernama