SEREMBAN – Come June, Malaysia will focus on new and upcoming athletes at the SEA Games in Singapore, says Youth and Sports Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin.
He said in previous SEA Games, Malaysia focused more on the number of gold medals to be achieved. This time, however, the game plan has changed.
“We regard SEA Games as a development stage, and we want to give exposure to our new athletes.
“Therefore, we should not only look at gold medals but also the total number of medals and the performance of our new athletes.
“We have bigger ambitions like the Asian Games and Commonwealth Games. If we set our sights only on the SEA Games, we will not reach anywhere,” he noted.
Khairy was speaking to reporters after the launch of the Negeri Sembilan state-level Fit Malaysia programme by Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan here today.
On the national contingent’s preparations for the upcoming SEA Games, he said it was smooth-going and being further enhanced.
Khairy said Malaysia would take part in 35 of 36 sport events contested during the games. “The National Sports Council is refining the (list of) events and also the athletes who will be sent to the SEA Games,” he added.
Meanwhile, the minister said that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak would make the announcement on the new date to celebrate National Sports Day 2015 soon, as the date given previously in November was unsuitable due to unpredictable weather conditions during that time.
He said the Cabinet had also agreed to make National Sports Day an annual event. – BERNAMA