FAM chide OCM for baseless claims
THE FA of Malaysia (FAM) are upset with the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) for claiming that women’s futsal goalkeeper Nur Izwani Azman had broken the Sea Games curfew at Renaissance Hotel in Kuala Lumpur on Aug 4.
In a statement yesterday, the national body said the hotel’s CCTV footage showed that Izwani did not break curfew.
An upset FAM secretary Datuk Hamidin Amin said the goalkeeper had entered her room before the 11.30pm curfew.
“We are very disappointed with the allegations that led to OCM secretary general Datuk Low Beng Choo’s press statement over the matter on Monday,” said
“We completed our investigation by interviewing Izwani, coach
Muizzudin Haris and team manager Shafizah Umamah Abdul Mutalib.
“We have proof in the form of CCTV footage that shows that Izwani had left the hotel lobby after meeting her uncle and was heading to the lift at 10.55pm.
“The CCTV footage also showed Izwani entering her room at 11.11pm. Clearly, she did not break curfew.”
Hamidin said he had contacted Beng Choo over the controversy and hopes the matter is not prolonged.
“Izwani’s position in the squad remains status quo. Coach Muizzudin is happy with the level of discipline Izwani has been showing on and off the pitch,” Hamidin added.
Meanwhile, the BA of Malaysia (BAM) will not take disciplinary action against mixed doubles player Goh Soon Huat for also breaking curfew.
BAM president Datuk Seri Norza Zakaria said he was satisfied with the explanation by Soon Huat. “I hope Soon Huat will forget this and focus on the Sea Games,” said Norza, adding that the Sea Games and World Championships-bound players will attend a motivation camp in Fraser Hill this weekend.
Nur Izwani Azman