Fewer of­fi­cials please

New Straits Times - - Sport -

OLYMPIC Coun­cil of Malaysia (OCM) pres­i­dent Tunku Im­ran Tuanku Ja’afar wants Sea Games Fed­er­a­tion (SEAGF) mem­ber coun­tries to limit the size of their con­tin­gents for the Kuala Lumpur Games in Au­gust.

Tunku Im­ran, who is also SEAGF pres­i­dent, stressed that mem­ber coun­tries com­pet­ing in the Games from Aug 19-31 should act pru­dently.

“For now, we have re­ceived con­fir­ma­tion on the num­ber of events these mem­ber coun­tries are com­pet­ing in.

“Closer to the event (two months be­fore), they will have to list the ex­act num­ber of in­di­vid­u­als who will be com­ing.

“Of course we don’t want any­body to over spend by send­ing too many of­fi­cials,” said Tunku Im­ran, who yes­ter­day at­tended the AIPS (In­ter­na­tional Sports Press As­so­ci­a­tion) Asia Congress in Kuala Lumpur.

Tunku Im­ran, who was one of the pan­elist along­side AIPS pres­i­dent Gianni Merlo, added: “We don’t have an ex­act num­ber be­cause the num­ber of ath­letes from dif­fer­ent coun­tries will vary based on the events they are com­pet­ing in.

“What we hope, how­ever, is for them to send in a min­i­mum num­ber of of­fi­cials.”

A to­tal of 405 events from 38 sports will be con­tested at the 29th edi­tion of the Games.

On a sep­a­rate note, Tunku Im­ran said the ba­ton run which will start in Brunei on March 5 is to raise aware­ness for the Games in the re­gion, and to build a hype lead­ing up to the event.

“Sim­i­lar to the Olympic torch, the ba­ton will travel to all 11 par­tic­i­pat­ing na­tions and end here in Malaysia.

“At one point the ba­ton will be re­placed by a torch but the ba­ton will go to ev­ery state when it reaches Malaysia.”

The Sea Games ba­ton is ex­pected to reach Malaysian shores on May 14.

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