KUALA LUMPUR – Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said his ministry already had an indication of the medal target for next month’s 29th Kuala Lumpur SEA Games.
Khairy said he had already received reports from the National Sports Associations (NSA) involved in the games and assessed the reports one by one to have a clear indication of how many medals would be set as the target and how many medals would be needed to emerge as the overall champion.
“I have received reports from the respective sports associations and also have the indication of the medal target. I am just waiting for the right time to make the announcement,” he said after launching the KL2017 Digital Platform, here today.
Khairy hoped the 100 gold medal target announced by defending overall champion Thailand recently would serve as an added motivation for the athletes to excel.
“Thailand has thrown a challenge to us by announcing the 100-gold target early. We must therefore look at it as an inspiration and challenge to ensure victory,” he said.
Meanwhile, Khairy when commenting on a request by the Tunku Mahkota of Johor, Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim to play a friendly polo match between the Royal Johor Polo Club with the SEA Games team said any friendly match involving the SEA Games polo team must be given the green light by the association.
Earlier, Khairy and six others were named in the SEA Games polo squad to undergo their final phase of training in Pekan, Pahang.
“Every player in the polo squad are working hard to ensure success in the SEA Games,” he said. – BERNAMA