Thursday, January 14, 2010

Archery President Replaces Mohd Nadzmi As Chef-De-Mission For Commonwealth Games

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 13 (Bernama) -- National Archery Association of Malaysia president Tan Sri Abdul Halil Abd Mutalif has been appointed Chef-de-Mission for the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, India after Datuk Mohd Nadzmi Mohd Salleh turned down his appointment due to health reasons.

Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) Honorary Secretary Datuk Sieh Kok Chi said Abdul Halil had agreed for the appointment after Mohd Nadzmi had decided to turn down the position after suffering a mild stroke in Chennai, India last November.

"The OCM later held a meeting and decided to appoint Abdul Halil who was also the former Director-General of Customs," he told Bernama when contacted here Wednesday.

Mohd Nadzmi had through a letter given health and his tight schedule and work commitments as the chairman of Proton Holdings Berhad, he said.

Speaking of the Commonwealth Games scheduled from Oct 3-14, Kok Chi hoped the organisers of the Games would ensure safety of all the participating contingents.

Asked to comment on news in the official 2010 New Delhi Commonwealth Games website that relevant Indian security authorities were working hard to ensure a secure environment for the Games, Kok Chi said OCM would remain realistic and seek advise from Wisma Putra if there was any threat or change to the situation.

According to the website, Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) president Michael Fennell had refuted rumours about the security concerns in the city but stressed that it remains a key issue for New Delhi.

"The CGF regards safety and security of the Games, for athletes and spectators alike, as being of paramount importance and of the highest priority," Fennell had said.

"In 2005, the CGF appointed leading international experts, Intelligent Risks Pty Ltd (IR), as Security Advisers for Delhi 2010.

"IR has vast Commonwealth, Olympic and multi-sport games experience, and importantly, has a detailed knowledge of what is actually being done with security for Delhi.

"A number of recent media reports on Games' security come from comments by those who have not worked on any aspect of security planning for the Delhi 2010 Games, and do not have any serious knowledge of the detailed plans across all aspects being put in place by local authorities," he said.


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