Tuesday, November 8, 2011

OCM Offers To Host SGF Meeting Next Year

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 2 (Bernama) -- The Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) has offered to host one of the SEA Games Federation meetings next year.

OCM President Tan Sri Tunku Imran Tuanku Ja'afar said the meeting was important to discuss a standard for participation of athletes in the SEA Games.

"Some countries send their best athletes and some see the games as a platform for development and send their back-up squads, so we need to decide whether the games is for development or we're looking at the best athletes performing there," he told reporters after receiving sponsorship pledges from sponsors for the SEA Games in Indonesia.

He said squash was a good example, where sending world champion Datuk Nicol David would actually deprive younger players to establish themselves at SEA Games level.

"There is no point in sending Nicol because the SEA Games is way below her standard. Although we can get gold medals, it's not good for the development of the game," he said.

Tunku Imran said athletes should not see or regard the SEA Games as the pinnacle of their achievement or success but instead regard the games as a stepping stone to achieve greater heights.

"For me, the gold medal does not really matter, what is important is that the National Sports Council must look at the performances of athletes and where there will go from there (SEA Games)," he said.

Tunku Imran earlier received contributions for the SEA Games bound Malaysian contingent, from Bata, Mesuma and Milo.


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