KUALA LUMPUR – Media personnel, especially local sports journalists have been advised to prepare well for the biggest Southeast Asian sports competition, the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games (KL2017) which is set to begin next month.
Sportswriters Association of Malaysia (SAM) president Ahmad Khawari Isa said it would be a huge task to provide the best coverage during the biennial event.
“Usually when we become the hosts of an event, the national sports journalists will be the busiest, as the main goal of the country’s contingent is to become the overall champion and therefore, the medal target would also be high.
“We do not want to miss out on providing the best coverage, so my advice to all media personnel is to work hard, because what’s important is we want to share every happy and sad moment of our national athletes with all Malaysians,” he said when met at SAM’s Aidilfitri open house at the Selangor Golf Club in Kota Damansara, yesterday.
Meanwhile, Khawari said the work station for media personnel – the Main Press Centre (MPC) – would be located at the Malaysian International Trade and Exhibition Center (MITEC) and would be ready soon.
He also assured that the work space would be able to accommodate more than 1,000 media personnel from all over Southeast Asia, and equipped with all necessary facilities to work comfortably.
“There have been no problems until now (for the preparations) and I believe before the first group of foreign media arrive on the first weekend of August, all facilities will be available to them and we will ensure there are no hiccups in terms of facilities,” he said. – BERNAMA