No issue of clash of dates
THE clash of dates between the Sea Games and Summer Universiade in Taipei is not going to be an issue, said Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) sports division secretary, Hazally Jali.
The Sea Games will be held from Aug 19-31 in Kuala Lumpur whereas the Universiade is from Aug 19-30.
But upon consultation with the Sea Games committee, Hazally has reassured that it is possible for certain athletes to compete in both events.
“Our management has taken steps to consult with the S e a Games committee to find a s o l ution.”
“For example, discus thrower Muhammad Irfan (Shamsuddin) and triple jumper Mohd Hakimi (Ismail) will compete in Sea Games but as soon as they are done, they will fly to Taipei.”
In the 2015 edition in Gwangju, South Korea, Irfan made it into the final round but failed to win a medal whereas Hazimi was just a few centimetres short of the bronze medal.
Hazally’s only wish is to see the athletes come home with a gold medal which would top Malaysia’s best achievement of one silver medal in badminton at the 2016 World University Championships.
He said Malaysia’s participation in football is on “standby mode” due to a limit on the amount of submissions this year.
“We are on the reserve list and with our commitment as future organisers of various events, I think our commitments will be taken under advisement therefore we would get special consideration.”
Following Malaysia’s poor performance in the 2015 edition, MOHE’s sports division has vowed to shape up the football team to dominate in South East Asia by next year.
“By 2018, we can take them to Myanmar to become champions.” By Farah Azharie