Friday, May 03, 2013

OCM Wants Sea Games Host Myanmar To Resolve Logistics Issues Quickly

KUALA LUMPUR, May 2 (Bernama) -- The Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) expressed concern over the logistics for the Myanmar SEA Games since the organisers have yet to settle a number of outstanding issues.

OCM Honorary secretary Datuk Sieh Kok Chi said he was worried that logistics problems may derail preparations for the SEA Games hosted by Myanmar in December.

Kok Chi said though the OCM had sent a number of reminders to the organisers, the response has been unfavourable, to say the least.

"The organisers in their reply always pledged to resolve the issues raised but such problems remain a thorn in the preparations. We are worried that it may affect the games.

"For example, OCM has asked the organisers to prepare a direct flight from Yangon to Nay Pyi Taw (main venue for the SEA Games) but the organisers replied that they must consider a number of factors before allowing such a facility," he told Bernama, Thursday.

The distance from Yangon, the capital city of Myanmar, to Nay Pyi Taw is about 360km.

Kok Chi was however, satisfied with the preparation of venues for the games since most of the infrastructure has been completed with the state-of-the-art technology.

"A number of technical officials from national associations in Malaysia have also visited the venues, especially from boxing, sailing and swimming. They have given a positive report," said Kok Chi.

The 27th edition of the SEA Games will be hosted by Myanmar from Dec 11-22, at various locations in Nay Pyi Taw, Yangon, Mandalay and the Ngwe Saung beach.

The games will see 33 sports contested, including athletics, aquatics, archery, basketball, badminton, boxing, bodybuilding, canoe, equestrian, football and Muay Thai.

The host country had also included some traditional sports like kempo, vovinam and traditional boat race.

Myanmar are hosting the SEA Games after a 44-year break since, the country that was known as Burma, had hosted the games in 1961 and 1969.

-- BERNAMA

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