KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 8 (Bernama) -- The Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) vice president Datuk Seri Dr Ibrahim Saad who is the Chef-de-Mission for the first Asian Beach Games in Bali, Indonesia, wants National Sports Associations (NSAs) to organise more beach game activities.
He added that only by organising more activities involving beach games will the country be able to produce prominent athletes who can compete in world class competitions.
"So far only a few associations have registered with OCM and that is not sufficient to promote the sport at a bigger level, let alone win honours at international level.
"If sports associations wish to develop the sport further, they must form a national association and register with the OCM to enable them to compete in international competitions," said Dr Ibrahim after meeting managers of the respective sports bound to Bali.
The Games organised by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) will be held at the world reknown beaches of Bali and the Malaysian contingent made up of 63 athletes and 23 officials will be participating in eight of the 16 sports held.
Dr Ibrahim said since the second edition of the Games will be hosted by Oman in 2010, there was able ample time for associations to prepare.
"Since this is the first time we are competing in the Games, we are not setting any specific target but I want the athletes to give their best and win as many medals as possible," he said.
Malaysia are competing in kabadi, silat, football, sepaktakraw, bodybuilding, triathlon, woodball and basketball. All competitions will take place on sand.