KUALA LUMPUR – Three members of the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) led by its chief executive officer, David Grevemberg, will make a visit next week to look into the possibility of Malaysia hosting the Commonwealth Games for the second time after 1998.
Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) president, Tan Sri Tunku Imran Tuanku Jaafar said the delegation would visit a few sports venues around the Klang Valley before making an evaluation on the country’s capability in organising major sporting events including the Commonwealth Games
“The CGF delegation will be here next week to do some survey, review and report on our capability and whether we are ready to host the Commonwealth Games in 2022 or maybe in 2026,” he said.
Tunku Imran was speaking to reporters after chairing the 182nd OCM Executive Council Meeting at Wisma OCM ,here, today.
He said the decision by Sukom Ninety Eight Berhad (Sukom ’98) to introduce rugby seven-a-side when Malaysia hosted the quadrennial games back in 1998, proved to be the turning point for the CGF to choose Malaysia as part of their visits.
“The rugby seven-a-side competition would not have been included in the Olympics if Malaysia did not introduce this event at the 1998 Commonwealth Games, and the world rugby fraternity now accepts the fact that this event is well recognised,” Tunku Imran said.
He said the presence of the CGF delegation would be to look at the current sports facilities though Malaysia had no intention of organising the Commonwealth Games at the moment.
“They are coming here to look at our facilities and we give them the courtesy. I think it’s good to know how much it will cost to host the event after the evaluation made by them,” Tunku Imran added.
The city of Gold Coast in Australia will host the 2018 Commonwealth Games which is slated to take place from April 4-15. – BERNAMA