Barren days for athletes as Sukma likely to be off, too

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  • Wednesday, 25 Mar 2020

PETALING JAYA: Malaysian athletes will have to brace for the prospect of having no competition to look forward to for the next six months.

It’s not just the Tokyo Olympics that looks likely to be postponed to a later date. The Sukma (Malaysia Games) is set to fall victim, too.

This year’s Sukma is scheduled to take place in Johor from July 11-19 and showcase the best junior talents in the country.

A video conferencing call will be made between Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican and the respective stakeholders and postponing Sukma will be one of the main items on the agenda.

Reezal said in a statement that the meeting would not just be attended by all the 14 state exco members and Olympic Council of Malaysia representatives but also representatives from the Finance and Education Ministries, Armed Forces Sports Council and Royal Malaysian Police Sports Council.

“The aspects we will look into are the preparations of athletes, the challenges facing the technical committees and also sponsors in terms of promotion, marketing and running pre-Sukma programmes.

“The most important issue is of course the safety and health risks of almost 30,000 people involved in Sukma (athletes, officials, workers, media personnel and volunteers).

“This does not include the supporters and people who will be present in various venues at that time. Postponing Sukma is one of the options we are considering.”

Johor is to host Sukma for the second time this year, since their first in 1992, offering 16 main sports events and 10 sports of “choice”.

At the last Sukma in Perak two years ago, Terengganu emerged overall champions with 56 golds, 51silvers and 53 bronzes.

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