KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 3 (Bernama) -- Malaysian contingent Chef-de-Mission (CDM) for the Myanmar SEA Games, Datuk Amiruddin Embi expressed confidence in the preparations for the games.
Amiruddin said he was happy with the level of patriotism shown by the national athletes and the ongoing preparations for the games.
"I am happy with the progress of the preparations and hope to see the athletes put their best foot forward in Myanmar. They have a task to accomplish and we are hoping to hear the Negaraku played more often in Myanmar.
"We want to see as many athletes as possible on the winning podium. The more gold medal winners, the better," he told reporters after inspecting preparations for the games at the National Sports Council (NSC) in Bukit Jalil, here Tuesday.
During his visit to the NSC today, Amiruddin witnessed teams from weightlifting, women's football, archery, sepak takraw and athletics, preparing for the games.
Amiruddin also reiterated that the safety aspects in Myanmar was not an issue anymore and that athletes need not worry about the security level.
"There is no risk factor involved now because I believe the authorities in Myanmar have done their best to see the SEA Games hosted smoothly. But at the same time, athletes and officials must remain focused on the task ahead and concentrate on the action at their respective venues.
"They should not visit places that are not related to their sports activities...concentrate on your respective sports," he said.
The Malaysian contingent will comprise 833 athletes and officials who participate in 29 of the 33 sports contested in Naypyitaw, Yangon, Mandalay and Ngwe Saung from Dec 11 to 22.