MALAYSIAN athletes competing in next month's Myanmar Sea Games can be sure of solid support from the fans at home with TV3's comprehensive coverage of the event.
Deputy Sports Minister Datuk M. Saravanan, NSC director-general Datuk Seri Zolkples Embong (second from left), OCM secretary-general Datuk Sieh Kok Chi (second from right), Media Prima Bhd chief executive officer for television networks Ahmad Izham Omar (third from right), and TV3 and TV9 group general manager Sherina Nordin (right) at the launch in Sri Pentas, Bandar Utama yesterday. Pic by Hasriyasyah SabudinThe country's number one terrestrial TV station yesterday announced that, with the support of main sponsors Telekom Malaysia and Milo, it will be airing highlights of events that Malaysian athletes are involved in, twice a day for the duration of the Games -- from 5.30pm to 6.30pm and again at 12.30am to 1am.
The fans will be given in-depth analyses of the Malaysian athletes' performances by Noraseela Khalid (athletics) and Baddrol Bakhtiar (football) who will be guests on the show.
The programmes will focus mainly on football, athletics, aquatics and sepak takraw, and also touch on other events.
It was also announced that TV9 will be airing "live" all of Young Tigers' group matches before TV3 takes over from the knockout stages. The programmes will also be available on the online video portal Tonton.
TV3 and TV9 group general manager Sherina Nordin said she is hoping the stations' line-up will spur Malaysia's athletes to greater heights in Myanmar.
"As the number one private station in the country with the widest reach and viewers, TV3 plays a significant role in bringing the excitement of the Games to Malaysian sports fans," said Sherina.
National Sports Council director-general Datuk Seri Zolkples Embong lauded TV3's commitment in supporting the national athletes' cause.
"We have been hoping to get the support of both print and electronic media to cover our athletes in Myanmar," said Zolkples.
"Moral support, even from Malaysia, is important for our athletes to do well.
"Obviously, not all our sports fans can go to Myanmar to cheer our athletes so this gives them a chance to do so from home."
Deputy Sports Minister Datuk M. Saravanan officiated the launch of the programmes yesterday. Also in attendance was Media Prima Bhd chief executive officer for television networks Ahmad Izham Omar.
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