More con­trol for Sea Games Fed­er­a­tion

New Straits Times - - Sport -

THE Sea Games Fed­er­a­tion (SGF) will meet on Mar 31 to dis­cuss two mat­ters — broad­cast stan­dards and an ad hoc ar­bi­tra­tion panel.

Following the Olympic Coun­cil of Malaysia’s (OCM) board meet­ing on Tues­day, pres­i­dent Tunku Im­ran Tuanku Ja’afar will pro­pose for a broad­cast com­mis­sion to be set up in or­der to have con­trol over the fu­ture stan­dard of broad­cast for fu­ture Sea Games’.

“We be­lieve it’s time for SGF to have some con­trol over the broad­cast of Sea Games in the fu­ture,” he said.

Tunku Im­ran said pre­vi­ously, hosts coun­tries had given the rights for free and were taken ad­van­tage of by pri­vate chan­nels who cap­i­talised on the air­time at no ad­di­tional costs to the rel­e­vant par­ties.

“That’s part of the rea­son but sec­ondly, to be able to con­trol the qual­ity of the feed, the sig­nal and what sports should be cov­ered.”

The sec­ond item to be pro­posed as part of the Sea Games con­sti­tu­tion is the ad hoc ar­bi­tra­tion panel which will be re­spon­si­ble for mak­ing de­ci­sions on any dis­putes or le­gal is­sues prior and dur­ing the Games in or­der to achieve a de­ci­sion as fast as pos­si­ble.

“Dif­fer­ent coun­tries can nom­i­nate a per­son, they don’t have to be here in Kuala Lumpur as due to mod­ern tech­nol­ogy, they can re­main in their coun­tries and de­ci­sions can be made with­out them be­ing (phys­i­cally) here.

“We do be­lieve that this panel will not have much to do be­cause if there is, then there’s some­thing wrong with the SGF.” Farah Azharie

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