Friday, May 17, 2013

NSA Must Fulfill Two Conditions Before Submitting List Of Athletes For Myanmar SEA Games - OCM

KUALA LUMPUR, May 16 (Bernama) -- In efforts to ensure only names of qualified athletes are submitted for the Myanmar SEA Games selection process, the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) has set two conditions for National Sports Associations (NSA).

OCM Honorary secretary Datuk Sieh Kok Chi said all NSA must fulfill the two conditions before submitting their respective list of athletes for consideration.

The first condition is that every NSA that aspire to send their athletes to the Myanmar SEA Games must organise at least one National level competition and need to have a structured and continuous training programme and must monitor their progress.

"If they don't organise a National competition, how can their athletes compete in a high level competition, especially the SEA Games? We do not want athletes to go for the games like 'tourists' or just participate to support their respective regional bodies," he told Bernama, today.

Kok Chi said the number of athletes for the games (by numbers) was expected to be known by July when all NSA submit their respective list of athletes for selection.

He added that Malaysia may send 900 athletes and officials for the games to be held in Nay Pyi Taw, Yangon, Mandalay and Ngwe Saung beach from Dec 11 to 22.

The Myanmar will feature 33 sports, including athletics, aquatics, archery, basketball, badminton, boxing, body building, canoe, equestrian, football and Muay Thai.

The host country has also included a number of traditional sports like kempo, vovinam and traditional boat race.

Kok Chi said the OCM would maintain its selection criteria whereby expenses for athletes who qualified under Category A would be borne by the OCM and the National Sports Council while athletes under Category B would have to pay for their expenses.

However, the expenses for athletes under Category B who win gold medals would be fully reimbursed while silver medal winners may receive part payment for their expenses.

Kok Chi therefore urged all NSA to plan and secure enough funding to send their athletes under Category B because the OCM would not advance any payment to NSA for sending their athletes because some NSA had failed to pay back money that was advanced to them for sending athletes under Category B in the past.

-- BERNAMA

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