Friday, October 10, 2008

Malaysia To Send 70-member Contingent For First Asia Beach Games In Bali

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 10 (Bernama) -- Seventy Malaysian athletes would take part in the inaugural Asian Beach Games (ABG) to be held in Bali, Indonesia from Oct 18-26.

Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) president Tan Sri Tunku Imran Tuanku Ja'afar said though no specific medal targets were set, the athletes are advised to uphold the spirit of sportsmanship at all times during the games.

"As most athletes are new to this unique international Games, they should also display a high level of discipline, fairplay and respect," said Tunku Imran, who is also a member of the International Olympics Committee (IOC) after a flag handing ceremony to Chef-de-Mission Datuk Seri Dr Ibrahim Saad at Wisma OCM, here, today.

Meanwhile, Dr Ibrahim said the 70 athletes consisting of 44 men and 26 women, would compete in 12 of the 19 sports contested in the Games.

The 12 sports are handball, kabaddi, pencak silat, football, sepak takraw, volleyball, bodybuilding, paragliding, triathlon, windsurfing, woodball and basketball, which offers a total of 48 gold medals.

Dr Ibrahim said the contingent aims to gain some experience that would come handy for the 2010 Asian Beach Games in Oman.

Besides Malaysia, the 44 other nations under the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) are participating in the Games.

The Games would be hosted at world renowned beaches, namely Kuta Beach, Nusa Dua, Sanur Beach and Serangan Island.


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