Sports min­is­ter leaves ath­letes’ fate in chef-de-mis­sion’s hands

New Straits Times - - Sport -

SPORTS Min­is­ter Khairy Ja­malud­din will leave it to Sea Games chef-de­mis­sion Datuk Ma­rina Chin to de­cide the fate of shut­tler Goh Soon Huat and fut­sal goal­keeper Nur Izwani Az­man who both al­legedly broke cur­few at the na­tional contin­gent’s of­fi­cial ho­tel in Kuala Lumpur last week.

Khairy has ac­cepted their ex­pla­na­tions but stressed that it is im­por­tant for each ath­lete to ad­here to the rules set by the man­age­ment.

“We need to take dis­ci­pline se­ri­ously. I will leave it to Ma­rina to en­sure that this does not hap­pen again. We have heard and ac­cepted their ex­pla­na­tion,” said Khairy, af­ter a meet-and-greet ses­sion with My­corps South Asia in Kuala Lumpur yes­ter­day.

“I hope we will mon­i­tor our ath­letes in camp closer so that such in­ci­dents do not oc­cur again.”

Khairy added that the de­ci­sion to drop sprinter S. Ko­ma­lam Shally from the Sea Games squad was made af­ter an eval­u­a­tion by the tech­ni­cal com­mit­tee.

“It is a dis­ci­plinary is­sue and the de­ci­sion was made based on the eval­u­a­tion of the team man­ager who found that the ath­lete (Ko­ma­lam) was dis­rupt­ing the prepa­ra­tion of other ath­letes.”

On the bumpy in­door hockey arena in MITEC, Khairy said it has been rec­ti­fied by the con­trac­tor in charge of the venue. Ber­nama

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