Fewer officials please
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.