Wednesday, April 16, 2014

OCM Plans To Send 270 Athletes And Officers To Glasgow Commonwealth Games In Scotland

KUALA LUMPUR, April 15 (Bernama) -- The Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) plans to send 270 athletes and officers to the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in Scotland this year, similar to the contingent strength in 2010.

OCM president, Tan Sri Tunku Imran Tuanku Ja'afar, however, said the number might change after receiving confirmation on the athletes from the national sports associations by mid-June.

"We had analysed the initial list of athletes during the committee selection meeting with the national sports associations in March.

"However, several sports associations have yet to submit their lists of athletes as they need more time to look at the representatives that will be sent by other countries before confirming their participation," he told reporters after the OCM meeting, here, today.

The Glasgow Commonwealth Games will be held from July 23 to Aug 3. Asked on the targeted number of medals, Tunku Imran said it was still too early to say but the OCM was working with the National Sports Council to assess the athletes and the type of sports which had the potential to win medals at the prestigious meet.

"So far, we have not yet made a final decision on the number of events to participate, but the OCM has identified 15 of the 17 events which the nation may take part in.

"It is too early to estimate the number of medals but the confirmation will be announced on June 12," he said.

At the New Delhi Commonwealth Games in 2010, Malaysia garnered 12 gold medals, 10 silver and 14 bronze, exceeding the achievement in Melbourne in 2006.

Tunku Imran also announced national badminton champion, Datuk Lee Chong Wei and squash queen, Datuk Nicol Ann David as the Malaysian sports icons for the SEA Games 2015 in Singapore.

"Singapore wants the two best athletes from each country as representatives to promote the SEA Games, so OCM chose them based on their achievements throughout the year," he said.


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