KUALA LUMPUR: The Squash Racquets Association of Malaysia (SRAM) want future Malaysia Games (Sukma) hosts to standardise the number of events organised.
This is following the move by upcoming Games host Johor to drop the squash men’s and women’s team events from the programme for the first time, leaving only five events – men’s and women’s singles; and the men’s, women’s and mixed doubles.
The squash technical delegate to Sukma, Peter Chee, said the Games had reached a stage where the “host states choose to leave out sports and events that are not favourable for their medal collections to top the tally, which is very unhealthy for the development of the sports.”
“I have been a technical delegate for at least 10 Sukma, and every host will change the number of events contested.
“Usually, there are two singles and two team events, but this time (there is) no team event, which has caused uneasiness among all other state associations.
“So we suggested to the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) and Sukma Supreme Committee for all the seven squash events to be listed for every Sukma, ” he said in a press conference after a meeting with the OCM at the Wisma OCM yesterday. —Bernama.
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