Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Games Village given the thumbs-up

MALAYSIA’s chef-de-mission Datuk Dr Ramlan Aziz has given the thumbs-up to the living conditions in the SEA Games Athletes Village at the National University of Laos in Vientiane.

Dr Ramlan led Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) president Tan Sri Tunku Imran Tuanku Ja’afar and the Malaysian media on a brief tour of the Malaysian athletes’ hostel after the official flag-raising ceremony at the Village yesterday.

Four athletes or officials are housed in a room, which also has an attached bathroom.

The only downside to the accommodation at the Village is that all the hostel rooms are not air-conditioned.
Proud moment: The Jalur Gemilang was raised at the SEA Games Village during a ceremony on Tuesday

Dr Ramlan praised the Games organisers for coming up with comfortable accommodation for the participants.

“There is no complaint from the athletes or officials on the accommodation here.

“In fact, the rooms in the Village here are more spacious than those provided for the athletes at the Beijing Olympics,” he said.

“The food is also excellent, with the organisers having taken into account the needs of the athletes and officials from the various participating countries, especially halal food.”

The Malaysian secretariat is also housed in the contingent’s hostel building.

Earlier, Dr Ramlan represented the Malaysian contingent at a simple flag-raising ceremony.

The flags of the 11 participating countries – Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor Leste, Vietnam and hosts Laos – were raised in alphabetical order accompanied by their respective national anthems.

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