2019 SEA Games: M’sia to raise venue issues

Megat Zulkarnain (third from left) says the Malaysian delegation will leave for the Philippines to inspect the venues as the SEA Games is just four months away. (Bernama pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia will raise several matters with regards to venue preparations for the 2019 SEA Games in the Philippines when they attend the chefs de mission meeting in Manila next week.

Malaysia’s chef de mission for the biennial games, Megat Zulkarnain, said a Malaysian delegation led by National Sports Council (NSC) director-general Ahmad Shapawi Ismail had found that several venues were still under construction although the games are just four months away.

Shapawi and 12 representatives of NSC, the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) and National Sports Institute (NSI) are on a visit to the Philippines from July 1 to 5 to inspect preparations for the games.

“The good thing is only Malaysia sent representatives to see their preparations ahead of the heads of contingents meeting (next week).

“So when we go there on July 10 we would be equipped with a full report on the latest situation because on July 12 we will be taken to visit competition venues but only in Subic,” he told reporters after visiting the weightlifting, silat and archery athletes at NSC in Bukit Jalil here today.

Also present during the visit were his two deputies, NSI chief executive officer Ahmad Faedzal Ramli and former national swimming queen Nurul Huda Abdullah.

Megat Zulkarnain said the Philippines would hold several pre-games competitions to test the venues before the SEA Games are held in November.