KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 16 (Bernama) -- Malaysia is giving more priority on the Asian Indoor Games and this is evident in the bigger contingent that would be sent to the Second Asian Indoor Games to be held on Oct 26 until Nov 3 in Macau.
The Malaysian Chef-de-Mission Datuk Roy Rajasingham said for this game, the Malaysian contigent would consist of 139 athletes and 40 officials as compared to only 34 people representing the country in the first game in Bangkok in 2005.
"Malaysia would also participate in 10 sports of 13 events compared to only two sports in 2005," he told the media at the press conference on the 2nd Asian Indoor Games in Macau, here.
The 10 sports are Chess, Xiangqi, DanceSport, Dragon & Lion, Extreme Sports-BMX & Climbing, Futsal (Men & Women), Kabaddi, Hoop Sepaktakraw, Indoor Hockey and Cycling (Cycling Ball), he said.
Roy said the Second Asian Indoor Games was like an `opportunity games' for the athletes to do well and be an incentive.
"I'm hoping that Malaysian athletes will double up their efforts in improving their skills so that we can get more medals this year," he said.
In 2005, Malaysia won one gold medal by Ahmad Fadzil Musa in Skate Board Park Best Technical Event categories, while Ahmad Shaiful Aziz grabbed a bronze in the BMX Bicycle Stunt Flatland.
Malaysia to send 100-strong contingent to 2nd Asian Indoor Games
Malaysia will send a contingent of 95 men and 29 women to participate in the 2nd Asian Indoor Games slated for Oct. 26 to Nov. 3 this year in Macau, China, a local official said here on Monday.
The Malaysians were expected to take part in nine of the 17 sports for contest, said Sieh Kok Chi, secretary of the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM).
Malaysian athletes would not participate in aerobic gymnastics, snooker billiards, muay (Thai boxing), E-sport, fin swimming, indoor athletics, indoor hockey and short course swimming.