Thursday, June 20, 2013

Malaysian Athletes To Fly Direct To Naypyitaw Using Special Flights - OCM

KUALA LUMPUR, June 18 (Bernama) -- Malaysian athletes participating in the 2013 SEA Games in Myanmar would be flying direct to Naypyitaw, the main venue for the Games, on special flights arranged by Myanmar.

The Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) honorary secretary Datuk Sieh Kok Chi said the host country would arrange special flights from Kuala Lumpur to Naypyitaw, which is the administrative capital of Myanmar, using Myanmar Airlines.

"The assurance was given by the SEA Games organising committee through a letter sent to us recently," he told reporters after attending the launch of Suunto Ambit 2 and 2s watches by deputy minister in the Prime Minister's Department, Datuk Razali Ibrahim.

With the new development, athletes need not stay overnight in Yangon before continuing their journey to Naypyitaw, using domestic flights, he said.

As for fears of safety of athletes during the SEA Games due to ethnic clashes, Kok Chi said the organising committee had assured that it would not be an issue as the security of the athletes would be given due consideration.

"In fact, a number of sports associations and local media members who had visited Myanmar had brought back positive feedback," he said.

Reports in Myanmar had emerged that the organisers of the Myanmar SEA Games were considering postponing the games due to the ethnic clashes that has resulted in a number of deaths.

-- BERNAMA

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