Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Contingent check into camp

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian contingent for the Laos SEA Games checked in for national camp yesterday and it will be for only four days.

The main objective of the camp is to prepare the athletes mentally and to allow them time to interact with each other before they leave for Vientiane on Saturday for the Games, which officially begin on Dec 9.

The National Sports Council (NSC) director for Elite Division, Ariffin Ghani, said that they were confident that the camp would be beneficial and they would only hold talks at night.

Laos, here we come: National Sports Council Director General Datuk Zolkples Embong (centre) posing with the Malaysian SEA Games contingent Monday.

“Training will continue as usual and we will transport them to their training grounds from the hotel here in Putrajaya (101 Palm Garden),” he said yesterday.

“We selected the hotel so that all the athletes will come under one roof together with the team officials for them to participate in our night programmes.

“We had a briefing for them today and also provided them with all the necessary information needed on the Games in Laos.”

Ariffin said that the programme for today conducted by staff of the National Sports Institute (NSI) would be crucial as it involved sports science and all the medical information, including dope testing.

The camp ends on Friday with the handing of the Malaysian flag to the chef-de-mission Datuk Dr Ramlan Aziz by Deputy Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Razali Ibrahim. THE STAR

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