KUALA LUMPUR, June 15 (Bernama) -- Preparations for the 2015 World University Games (Universiade) in Gwuangju, South Korea has entered its final phase as 111 athletes and 67 officials will check into centralised training camp at the IOI Palm Garden Resort Hotel from June 20 to 23.
National Universiade contingent's media coordinator Nur Ekmal Buhary said only the football squad which plays a friendly match against Indonesia is exempted.
Nur Ekmal said the final phase of centralised camp would encompass programmes to strengthen unity, ethics security, health and diet of the athletes.
"This year's games will take place during the month of Ramadan which is also the fasting month. The athletes must therefore be taught the art of competing when fasting," he told Bernama when contacted Monday.
He added that this would not be the first time athletes would be competing during the fasting month since the Universiade in Shenzhen, China (2011) and Kazan, Russia (2013) were also held during the Ramadan month.
The Malaysian contingent will compete in 15 of the 21 sports held during the Games scheduled from July 3 to 14.
"50 per cent of the athletes who took part in the SEA Games in Singapore will be with the National contingent that heads to Gwangju," he said.
Malaysia are taking part in football, badminton, shooting, archery, golf, diving, rhythmic gymnastics, gymnastics artistic, athletics, swimming, fencing, taekwondo, rowing, table tennis and tennis.
Malaysia's best achievement since the Games was inaugurated in Turin, Italy in 1959, was in Shenzhen with one silver and two bronze medals.
In Kazan, Malaysia won only three bronze medals to finish in 59th spot among 162 participating countries.