‘KL will make a good host’

New Straits Times - - Sport -

“I do be­lieve Malaysia is ca­pa­ble of host­ing the (2022) Com­mon­wealth Games.”

These are the words of Olympic Coun­cil of Malaysia (OCM) pres­i­dent Tunku Im­ran Tunku Jaa­far fol­low­ing the news of Dur­ban’s with­drawal as hosts for the 2022 Com­mon­wealth Games.

He said Kuala Lumpur would make a good host for the Com­mon­wealth Games due to its track record of hav­ing hosted the Games in 1998.

An­other rea­son is that fa­cil­i­ties built for the 2017 Sea Games espe­cially the up­com­ing Sports City at Bukit Jalil is set to be com­pleted by then.

The for­mer Com­mon­wealth Games Fed­er­a­tion pres­i­dent, how­ever, stressed that the de­ci­sion is not one for OCM to make but the gov­ern­ment’s.

“We, at the OCM, can’t make that de­ci­sion but will bring the at­ten­tion to the rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties.

“Is the gov­ern­ment will­ing to host an­other Com­mon­wealth Games af­ter such a short pe­riod?

“But there are a few things that we do have an ad­van­tage as Malaysia’s stand­ing in the Com­mon­wealth Games Fed­er­a­tion is very high and I be­lieve that any of­fer to host the games would go down very well.”

Tunku Im­ran felt that host­ing the event is a golden op­por­tu­nity as Malaysia have ex­celled in the 10 com­pul­sory sports, which in­clude squash and hockey.

“It would make a lot of sense for Malaysia to host the 2022 Com­mon­wealth Games at a cost that should be able to be ab­sorbed.”

He stressed that the de­ci­sion to host such a big event must be backed by the gov­ern­ment to avoid the sit­u­a­tion faced by South Africa.

“Dur­ban is pulling out be­cause their cen­tral gov­ern­ment sup­port was not forth­com­ing, in­clud­ing the guar­an­tees, espe­cially fi­nan­cial.”

Tunku Im­ran also an­nounced the ap­point­ment of for­mer World No 1 shut­tler Wong Choong Hann as the Chef-de-Mis­sion for the Com­mon­wealth Youth Games in Ba­hamas on July 19-23. By Farah Azharie

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