Sin­ga­pore’s pro­posal shot down

New Straits Times - - Sport -

THE Sea Games Fed­er­a­tion (SGF) have turned down a pro­posal by Sin­ga­pore that ath­letes with dis­abil­i­ties be al­lowed to com­pete in the Sea Games in Au­gust.

“It was dis­cussed, re­ported and the fed­er­a­tion did not ap­prove this and the points made were that the Asean Para Games is only two weeks later and that the ath­letes have the op­por­tu­nity to be in that ap­pro­pri­ate fo­rum,” said SGF pres­i­dent Tunku Im­ran Tuanku Ja’afar yes­ter­day.

“The se­cond one was the SGF didn’t want to set a prece­dent be­cause where does it end? We have one ath­lete with that par­tic­u­lar dis­abil­ity and par­tic­u­lar as­sis­tance then the other sports might get dif­fer­ent things hap­pen­ing.”

Tunku Im­ran added that if para-ath­letes are in­ter­ested to com­pete in the Sea Games, they can do so but with­out the ex­tra sup­port that may or may not give them the ex­tra ad­van­tage to avoid fu­ture com­pli­ca­tions.

The SGF have ap­proved two ear­lier pro­pos­als: the ad hoc ar­bi­tra­tion panel and the broad­cast com­mit­tee.

This is the first time the ar­bi­tra­tion panel will be formed and the first time it is es­tab­lished.

Only ac­tive dur­ing the Sea Games pe­riod, the panel will make im­me­di­ate de­ci­sions on any dis­putes that will re­vert back un­der the con­sti­tu­tion, fol­low­ing the proper in­ter­na­tional pro­to­cols.

Malaysia has also es­tab­lished the tem­plate for the fu­ture in terms of the broad­cast com­mit­tee whereby the SGF’s host coun­try will have con­trol over broad­cast­ing rights.

The SGF exco meet­ing saw rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Brunei, In­done­sia, Laos, Myan­mar, Philip­pines, Sin­ga­pore, Thai­land, Ti­mor-Leste and Viet­nam while Malaysia, as hosts, chaired the meet­ing. Farah Azharie

It was dis­cussed, re­ported and the fed­er­a­tion did not ap­prove this and the points made were that the Asean Para Games is only two weeks later and that the ath­letes have the op­por­tu­nity to be in that ap­pro­pri­ate fo­rum.

TUNKU IM­RAN

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