Thursday, October 17, 2013

OCM Supports SOM Bid To Host Inaugural Unified Football World Cup Next Year

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 16 (Bernama) -- Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) fully supports the Special Olympic of Malaysia (SOM) bids to host the inaugural Unified Football World Cup which will be held next year.

Its president, Tan Sri Tunku Imran Tuanku Ja'afar however said, the national sports body was hoping that other members of the Special Olympic International (SOI) -- the body which sanctions the tournament - would back Malaysia to host the prestigious tournament which involved intellectually-disabled people.

"Of course, we fully support the bid from SOM and hope they would succeed in their bidding," he told Bernama after receiving a courtesy call from the SOI delegation headed by its Chief of Strategic Properties, Peter Wheeler, at the OCM building here Wednesday.

The delegation comprising 50 officials arrived here yesterday to check out the football facilities in the Klang Valley, besides holding discussions with various sports leaders.

SOM president Datuk Muhammad Feisol Hassan said SOM had submitted the bids, which among others, were aimed at uplifting the role played by Malaysians who had intellectual disabilities.

"We are one of the best organisers (in handling activities involving intellectual disabilities) in the world, with our strong background in such activities," he said.

Wheeler, on the other hand, noted that besides Malaysia, two other countries - Chile and England - were also interested to host the tournament.

He said the final result on the host of the tournament would be known next month.

-- BERNAMA

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