Singapore’s proposal shot down
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.