SEA Games-bound athletes must be vaccinated against measles

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  • Wednesday, 25 Sep 2019

KUALA LUMPUR: Athletes for the Philippines SEA Games have until the end of October to get vaccinated for measles at the National Sports Institute (NSI).

Chef-de-mission Datuk Megat Zulkarnain Omardin (pic) said that the disease is currently actively spreading in the country.

“We want to inform all athletes to make sure they go to NSI to get vaccinated, ” said Megat after meeting all the sports associations’ team managers.

“And in order to get the full benefit of the vaccinations, there must be at least three weeks lead time before they go, so we want them to get it done early.

“Some athletes are training outstation or participating in tournaments abroad, so we will coordinate with their sports associations.”

Megat added that there will also be a two-day workshop on Nov 5-6 with all the associations to identify a target for the Games.

“During these two days, we will analyse and make a final assessment of the athletes and set the number of medals that we are targeting.

“We want to do it in November because some of the athletes may suffer injuries within the next two months.

“As some may suddenly hit their peak and stand out within these two months, we can add them to the medal-target list.”

Megat also said that before the athletes depart, there will be a final briefing and flag-handing ceremony by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad on Nov 19-21.

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