No is­sue of clash of dates

New Straits Times - - Sport -

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

Haza­lly Jali

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