SEA Games: OCM Receives Appeals For 222 Events

The Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) received appeals for a total of 222 events from 41 sports to be included in the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games.

OCM Honorary-Secretary Datuk Low Beng Choo said the events consist of 114 men's events, 100 women's events and eight mixed events through the National Olympic Councils (NOCs) of 10 Southeast Asian countries as well as from National Sports Associations (NSAs).

She said the deadline for appeals was yesterday (March 31).

Beng Choo, who is also the OCM Technical Committee secretary, however, said, Brunei NOC had asked for an extension on the appeals until April 5.

"The Technical Committee, chaired by OCM President Tunku Tan Sri Imran Tuanku Ja'afar will consider each and every appeal we received. We will consider based on the justifications they provided, just a letter with list of events is not enough.

"We need to get more information, for example how popular is the sport, how much is the cost, whether Malaysia has athletes for that sport and so on," she told a press conference at Wisma OCM, here today.

The final list of sports and events to be contested during the 29th edition of the biennial games will be announced during the SEA Games Federation (SEAGF) meeting on July 13 and 14 in Kuala Lumpur.

"The first Technical Committee meeting will be in the middle of May before we meet the representatices of each and every sport which we have long listed for inclusion. Then we will present the list to the Youth and Sports Minister (Khairy Jamaluddin) for discussion and agreement before finalising the list," she said.

Besides the 222 events, OCM has also received appeals from five sports which are not in Article 34 of SEAGF, namely jetski, kabaddi, paragliding, sports climbing and tarung derajat.

Beng Choo who admitted that a sport must be listed in Article 34 to be contested in the SEA Games, however said the committee will still consider to add the sports in the list.

"Bodybuilding, boxing (women), football, gymnastics, hockey (indoor), paragliding, petanque, sailing, taekwondo, tennis, volleyball (beach) and weightlifting (women) are the sports that NSAs from other countries have appealed for but our NSAs did not," she said.

Beng Choo also confirmed that OCM had received appeals from the Malaysian Athletics Federation (MAF) as well as Singapore and Vietnam to add dropped events in athletics, which had stirred controversies.

The Asian Athletics Association (AAA) had earlier warned OCM that it would not sanction athletics events if Malaysia chooses to drop eight events, namely men's and women's marathon; 10,000m and 3,000m steeplechase, as well as decathlon and heptathlon.

Among the sports which fowarded their appeals to the OCM are cycling (BMX and mountain bike), shooting (pistol, rifle, shotgun and practice pistol), contract bridge, canoe/kayak, fencing, floorball, judo, kempo (martial art), muay, sports climbing, tarung derajat, traditional boat race and vovinam.

Tunku Imran on Feb 17 announced that 34 sports consisting of 342 events were listed in the provisional list for the sixth SEA Games to be held in Malaysia, after 1965, 1971, 1977, 1989 and 2001 editions.

The biennial games involves 11 countries in the region -- Brunei, the Philippines, Indonesia, Myanmar, Singapore, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, Timor Leste and Malaysia -- is scheduled to be held from Aug 19 to 31.