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Malaysia to raise traditional sports issue at SEAGF meeting

KUALA LUMPUR, March 7 — Malaysia will bring up the issue relating to the listing of traditional sports events at the 2019 SEA Games at the Sea Games Federation (SEAGF) meeting scheduled to be held in Hanoi, Vietnam from May 20 to 21.

Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) president Datuk Seri Mohamad Norza Zakaria said this following a post-mortem done on the Malaysian contingent’s performance at the biennial games held in the Philippines December last year.

“It is our concern that the issue should be brought up at the SEAGF level which gives host nations an advantage.

This is due to a reduction of core sports at the biggest multi-sport event in Southeast Asia, he told reporters after chairing the OCM Executive Council Meeting at Wisma OCM here today.

Mohamad Norza said the issue of athlete eligibility would also be raised at the meeting citing the use of naturalised athletes with dual citizenship at the 2019 SEA Games by the host as an example.

He said logistics issues involving the competition venues and the athletes’ village would also be addressed at the meeting, citing the national contingent’s experience of having to take between three and five hours to reach certain venues.

Malaysia would also voice out concerns about the judging standards the meeting, he added.

Mohamad Norza said that prior to attending the meeting, OCM would hold a meeting with the national sports associations in April to discuss matters pertaining to the 2021 SEA Games in Hanoi.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)

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