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Asian Games are not for athletes to gain experience, says Malaysia’s sports minister


26 Aug 2014
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Malaysia’s Minister of Youth and Sports, Khairy Jamaluddin, has told the country’s National Sports Associations that the Asian Games are not for athletes to gain experience and exposure, and that he must take responsibility for all results. The Sports Minister was speaking at a meeting with representatives of the National Sports Associations that will take part in the 17th Asian Games at Incheon, Korea, from September 19 to October 4.

He called on them to be accountable, honest and to have more comprehensive planning. He emphasised the need to set targets and stressed that, as the Minister of Sport, he was still responsible for the overall performance of Malaysia at major events, regardless of whether or not the athletes and teams were funded directly by the Government.

He called on the Olympic Council of Malaysia to ensure that only deserving athletes and teams should be selected to represent Malaysia. He stressed that the Asian Games were not the arena for athletes to gain experience and for exposure as they were second only to the Olympic Games in terms of standards, adding that there were many other more appropriate championships and competitions for this purpose.
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