Azim ap­pointed CDM for Asian Games

New Straits Times - - Sport -

DATUK Seri Ab­dul Azim Zabidi has been ap­pointed as the Chef de Mis­sion (CDM) to lead the Malaysian con­tin­gent to In­done­sia for the 18th Asian Games in Au­gust next year.

This was an­nounced by Olympic Coun­cil of Malaysia (OCM) pres­i­dent Tunku Imran Tuanku Ja’afar af­ter an ex­ec­u­tive board meet­ing, yes­ter­day.

Azim is a for­mer Malaysian Malays Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion deputy pres­i­dent and a mem­ber of the sports ad­vi­sory panel for the Sports Min­istry .

Tunku Imran said the main fac­tor be­hind Azim’s ap­point­ment is be­cause he is on the panel.

“He is cer­tainly com­mit­ted not just to be­ing the CDM but also in work­ing with us and Na­tional Sports As­so­ci­a­tions.”

OCM vice pres­i­dent Se­na­tor Datuk Me­gat Zulka­r­nain Tan Sri Omardin was ap­pointed as the deputy CDM.

Mean­while, the 2018 Asian Games will see its events cut down to 39 sports from the ini­tial 46, with 53 dis­ci­plines in a to­tal of 426 events, mak­ing it the largest Asian Games.

The de­ci­sion came af­ter a meet­ing be­tween Olympic Coun­cil of Asia pres­i­dent Sheikh Ah­mad Al-Fa­had Al-Sabah and In­done­sia vice pres­i­dent and Jakarta-Palem­bang Steer­ing Com­mit­tee (INASGOC) pres­i­dent Muham­mad Jusuf Kalla.

This is to re­duce the bur­den for the host na­tion and make the games man­age­able.

“It’s a huge cut and among those that have been cut are cricket, skate­board­ing, sambo (martial arts) and surf­ing.

“It will still be the big­gest Asian Games ever but it will be more man­age­able for ev­ery­one.”

Two other sports that were omit­ted were kurash (martial arts) and belt wrestling as well as re­duced com­pe­ti­tions in ju­jitsu, jet ski, sport climb­ing, paraglid­ing, bridge and wushu.

How­ever, Tunku Imran as­sured that the sports which Malaysia are strong in such as bad­minton and squash re­main in con­tention.

The 18th Asian Games will take place in two venues — Jakarta and Palem­bang, on Aug 18-Sept 2, 2018. Farah Azharie

Datuk Seri Ab­dul Azim Zabidi

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