Tuesday, 14 April 2009
OCM Seeks OCA's Advice On Situation In Thailand
KUALA LUMPUR, April 13 (Bernama) -- The Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) will seek advice from the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) with regard to the two meetings and a championship in Bangkok, which would be participated by Malaysia, following the political turmoil in Thailand currently.
The three events which are scheduled to be held in Bangkok are the OCA's 54th Executive Board Meeting (April 24), OCA's 28th General Meeting (April 26) and the First Asian Martial Arts Championship (April 25 to May 3).
"I will write a letter to the OCA to seek advice on the meetings and championship in Bangkok," said OCM honorary secretary Datuk Sieh Kok Chi when contacted by Bernama, today.
The Thai government yesterday declared a state of emergency in the capital, Bangkok, and five nearby provinces in an effort to curb the anti-government demonstrations which had forced the cancellation of the 14th Asean Summit in Pattaya.
The Malaysian embassy in Thailand yesterday issued a travel advisory to Malaysians to postpone visits to the country following the lack of security and anti-government demonstrations there.
Sieh said the organisers in Bangkok had not given any indication whether the meetings and the championship would proceed as scheduled.
At the First Asian Martial Arts Championship, Malaysia would only be represented by exponents from the National Silat Association (Pesaka) and Malaysian Karate Federation (Makaf) after the OCM decided not to pay for the cost of their trip to Bangkok.
According to the OCM, the championship is not a competition but more of an exhibition.
Forty-five countries affiliated to the Olympic Council of Asia would participate in the championship which offers nine types of martial arts namely taekwondo, kick boxing, karate, muay thai, jujitsu, judo, kurash, wushu and pencak silat.