The Games will be held in Nyapidaw and Yangon from Dec 11-22. Earlier, all participating countries have been warned to brace themselves for logistic challenges as some of the infrastructure are either not in place or limited.
“The OCM have listed several candidates for the chef-de-mission post but they have not named the person. I do not have the liberty to reveal the names of the candidates. The chef-de-mission has a huge responsibility and we want someone who can really do the work. It will be announced soon,” said Beng Choo, who is also the president of Softball Association of Malaysia (SAM).
“The chef-de-mission for the Games will have more responsibilities as he or she will have to look after a huge group and especially in a country playing hosts for the first time. Usually, the contingents for the Olympic Games, Asian Games and Commonwealth Games are smaller. Naturally, we want someone, who can really manage well, as a big contingent is expected for the SEA Games.”
She also said OCM would finalise the number of athletes and sports officials for every sport soon. Usually, it is already done by May and the associations are then, given additional time to confirm entries by names.
When asked whether the OCM’s election on June 22 was standing in the way of the governing body performing some of it’s duties, Beng Choo said: “Of course not. It will all take place in due course. We have meetings on Tuesday and I am sure that some of the decision will be made.”
Beng Choo believed that despite the delays, all the logistic challenges and also grouses by some member federation on the selection of subjective and obscure sports by the hosts, Myanmar would pull off a great show during the Games.
“We have seen many times a small nation pulling off a big feat and to me, Myanmar will be able to do the same despite all the challenges. All the other countries, including Malaysia are doing their part to assist them,” she said.
In terms of quality during competition, Beng Choo said: “Yes, they may be some sports that the hosts will be good at but I believe that we will witness quality showing in football, badminton, athletics and aquatics. For some of our athletes, it will be a platform to break national records and set personal bests.”
Yesterday, Beng Choo attended the National Sports Council (NSC)’s launch of the 50-day countdown for the Malaysian Games (Sukma) which will be held at Bukit Jalil from June 28-July 7. During the launch, they also revealed the Games’ official website
*Sumber dari The Star