Tuesday, July 5, 2011

OCM To Announce Number Of Participants For Sea Games After July 27

KUALA LUMPUR, July 5 (Bernama) -- The Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) is expected to announce the actual number of participants for the 2011 SEA Games in Indonesia after the OCM selection committee meeting.

OCM honorary secretary Datuk Sieh Kok Chi said Malaysia had submitted a list by numbers, estimated at 1,000 participants, to the organizer.

"As for the actual number of participants, it can only be decided after the selection committee meeting on July 27. The committee will consider athletes on merit, potential and appeal," he told Bernama here today.

Based on the number of sports participated in the games to be held in Palembang and Jakarta from Nov 11-25, the OCM had estimated the Malaysian contingent to comprise of 650 athletes and officials.

Kok Chi said a 650-member contingent was a reasonable figure since Indonesia would be offering 545 events in 44 sports, that include extreme and traditional sports.

Malaysia however, would not compete in extreme and traditional sports like paragliding, fin swimming, traditional boat race, roller skates, bridge, vovinam, kempo and wrestling.

The country's record participation in the SEA Games held outside the country was during the 2007 edition in Korat, Thailand with a 1,139-member contingent.

The second biggest participation was in the 1997 games in Jakarta with 749 and 658 in the 1995 SEA Games in Chiang Mai, Thailand.


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