Tuesday, February 18, 2014

SEAGF Yet To Make Final Decision On Inclusion Of Karate In 2015 Sea Games - Khairy

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 17 (Bernama) -- The SEA Games Federation (SEAGF) has not made a final decision on the inclusion of karate in the 2015 SEA Games hosted by Singapore said Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.

"The final decision on the list of sports for the 2015 SEA Games programme has yet to be made. The final decision will only be made during the SEAGF meeting on April 29.

"The predicament faced by karate does not mean the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) had failed to carry out their duties.

"During the SEAGF meeting on Feb 15 in Singapore, OCM vice president Datuk Low Beng Choo had made an appeal to the organizing committee to include karate and a number of other sports that were omitted," he told reporters when commenting on a report that the Malaysian Karate Federation (Makaf) was unhappy with the OCM.

Khairy said Malaysia would continue to appeal for the inclusion of karate in the 2015 SEA Games programme.

Makaf secretary-general Vincent Chen was reported to have blamed the OCM for failing to retain karate among sports competed in the 2015 SEA Games since the SEAGF Sports and Rules Committee that met on Feb 15 had agreed to include six sports but karate was still not in the list.

"I was informed that the reason for karate's omission from the list was because the Singapore Karate Association and the Republic's Olympic Council were engaged in an internal conflict," he said.

Karate has been in the programme since the 1985 SEA Games in Bangkok, Thailand while Malaysia's best achievement in the sport was in 2001 when our exponents won nine gold medals when Malaysia hosted the games in Kuala Lumpur.

The country's best ever performance outside the country was at the 2007 Korat SEA Games in Thailand when Malaysia won eight gold medals.

At the recently concluded SEA Games in Myanmar, Malaysian karate exponents brought back six gold medals.


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