OCM president Tunku Imran Tuanku Ja’afar (right) receives the sponsorship MOU from AmBank Group chairman Tan Sri Azman Hashim after the signing ceremony in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.
KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian contingent have been told not to expect a five-star fare from hosts Laos in the SEA Games in December.
The Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) president, Tan Sri Tunku Imran Tuanku Jaafar, said yesterday that Laos would be hosting the biennial Games for the first time with assistance from other South-East Asian countries.
“Laos is a small and a poor country. They don’t have big stadiums. But their preparations for the Games are going on well and I am sure they will do a good job,’’ he said after signing a four-year agreement with the AmBank Group.
The agreement marks AmBank Group as the official bank for the OCM for another four years from 2009 to 2012 with an annual contribution of RM35,000. The bank first signed up as a partner of the OCM in 2006.
Tunku Imran thanked them for their strong support for sports development in Malaysia and also the OCM.
“Through the financial support we received from our sponsors such as Am Bank Group, the OCM have managed to sustain a very healthy financial growth over the last decade,” he said.
“The OCM trust fund is RM8mil, which will be used to promote and develop sports, to send athletes for Games and ways to help the athletes to excel in their disciplines.”
The Group chairman, Tan Sri Azman Hashim, said that they were honoured and privileged to once again be associated with the OCM in their pursuit to promote sport excellence in the country.
“The annual contribution of RM35,000 is a small way to assist the OCM in meeting their objectives,” he said.THE STAR