PETALING JAYA, Aug 8 – With just 11 days before the 29th Kuala Lumpur SEA Games (KL2017) kicks off, athletes were advised to keep their head in the game and remain focused.
Malaysia’s former Olympian and two time SEA Games gold medalist Jeffrey Ong said the pressure will be higher on the athletes to perform as it is a ‘home’ game.
“This might be the one and only time an athlete can compete at home, and yes, everyone will have to strive better as we are bearing the name of our country. However, do remain focused and turn that pressure into positive energy, ” he said.
Jeffrey, who competed at the Seoul Olympics (1988) and Barcelona Olympics (1992) said that win or lose is the nature of sports but the most important thing is to keep the head held high.
“Win or lose its okay. There are many other sporting events. Take this opportunity to learn and be a better athlete in the future,” he said during the launch of Kidzania sports in conjunction with KL2017.
During the 1989 SEA Games that was held in Kuala Lumpur, Jeffery bagged two gold medals from the 400m and 1,500m freestyle swimming events.
Adding that the event was one of his best memories as an athlete, Jeffery said that his proudest moment was when the national anthem was played and the medal awarded to him on the podium.
“We are representing our country. When we win, we are not only crafting our name in the sports but also our nation,” he said.
The South East Asian multi-sport event will take place from Aug 19-30, with 403 events in 38 sports to be featured in the games.- BERNAMA