Monday, May 11, 2015

National SEA Games contingent to use special lane in Tuas

KUALA LUMPUR, May 8 (Bernama) -- The national contingent for the SEA Games will use dedicated check point lanes in Tuas, Johor before entering Singapore to participate in the biennial event which will take place from June 5 to 16 this year.

Chef-de-mission Datuk Seri Mohamad Norza Zakaria said the contingent would use the dedicated lanes to facilitate the entry of athletes, especially those carrying weapons used in shooting, wushu and archery events.

"Hosts Singapore will impose stringent procedures on any equipment we carry. We will list all the sporting equipment for the Singaporean authorities.

"As for the Malaysian immigration, we have also discussed (with them) and they will help ease our way there. The inspection process will take time," he told reporters at the National Sports Institute in Bukit Jalil, Friday.

Earlier, Norza had met with athletes from seven sporting events that will be participating in the SEA Games, namely swimming, diving, floor ball, fencing, squash, pentaque, and water polo.

Norza reminded all the 932 people in the contingent including officials to maintain discipline because the organisers will not be providing a games village.

All athletes will be staying in five-star hotels around Singapore.

"There is no games village in Singapore, all athletes will receive first class service, so they need to show 'first class mentality'. The managers of each sport need to monitor and know the movements of their athletes.

"We do not want national athletes fined for damaging public property in that country (Singapore). Each athlete will be charged a fee of US$50 (RM175) per day (for hotel accommodation)," he said.

Commenting on the targets, Norza said Youth and Sports Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar will inform on the gold medal target for the SEA Games this time.

"Previously, we have set gold medal targets, we have just set a target of (of achieving) 50 per cent of the medals in the events we are participating in.

"As many quarters have inquired about the number of gold medals Malaysia is targeting, we are discussing the matter," he said.


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