KUALA LUMPUR, July 28 (Bernama) -- The Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) are expected to determine the categories of entry for the 600 national athletes competing in the Laos SEA Games.
According to OCM Honorary secretary Datuk Sieh Kok Chi, the OCM would determine the category of the respective athletes after meeting the respective National Sports Associations (NSA) and the National Sports Council (NSC) tomorrow.
Athletes who qualify on merit or meet the qualifying mark set by the OCM would be listed under Category A whereby their expenses would be borne by OCM while the cost of sending those under Category B (those who do not meet the qualifying mark or border-line cases), would be borne by their respective NSA.
However, if an athlete under Category B wins a medal, his or her expenses would be reimbursed by OCM.
In the Laos SEA Games scheduled from Dec 9-18, Malaysia are taking part in 20 of the 25 sports hosted, namely aquatics, archery, athletics, badminton, billiard & snooker, boxing, cycling, football, golf, judo, karate-do, pencak silat, petanque, sepak takraw, shooting, table tennis, tennis, volleyball, weightlifting and wushu.
Meanwhile, Sieh said OCM had also decided that all athletes who would be participating in the 3rd Asian Indoor Games in Hanoi from Oct 30 to Nov 8, would be placed under Category B.
"The NSAs had agreed to foot their expenses," he said.
He added that the decision was made considering the fact that the Games was not a major competitive event and did not meet the criteria set by OCM and NSC.
OCM has approved the participation of 100 athletes for the Games and compete in eight sports - Hoop Sepak takraw, Shuttle Cock juggling, Kabadi, Futsal, Basketball 3 on 3, Pencak Silat, Dragon Dance and Petanque, he said.