Monday, 10 August 2009

National Taekwondo Exponents Still Can Make It To Laos Sea Games

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 9 (Bernama) -- The Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) will decide whether to send a taekwondo team to the Laos SEA Games after the Ad-hoc Committee of the Malaysian Taekwondo Association (MTA) makes its selection of the athletes.

OCM honorary-secretary Datuk Sieh Kok Chi said he was informed that MTA's Ad-hoc committee would hold a selection session on Aug 17.

"OCM has not decided on this and will only arrive at a decision after the selection session," he said when contacted by Bernama here, on Sunday.

Bernama had reported earlier that OCM had decided not to send a taekwondo team to the Laos SEA Games as Malaysia did not have a legitimate governing body for the sport, as the MTA was de-registered on July 5, 2007 by the Sports Commissioner.

Meanwhile, Nur Ekmal Buhary, the former deputy president of MTA, said this development augured well for the national taekwondo exponents who had not been competing in any international competitions since the Beijing Olympics of 2008.

Malaysia have confirmed participation in 20 of the 25 sports in the Laos SEA Games, namely aquatics, archery, athletics, badminton, billiards & snooker, boxing, cycling, football, golf, judo, karate-do, pencak silat, petanque, sepak takraw, shooting, table-tennis, tennis, volleyball, weightlifting and wushu.


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