PHISGOC changed dates for 10 sports

PHISGOC changed dates for 10 sports

KUALA LUMPUR: The 2019 SEA Games host, the Philippines SEA Games Organising Committee (PHISGOC) was still amending the dates and venues of the competitions, with less than two months before the opening ceremony on Nov 30.

Malaysia’s deputy Chef-de-Mission, Nurul Huda Abdullah said in the latest update, PHISGOC had informed on date changes for 10 sports, namely boxing, baseball, beach handball, canoe/kayak, duathlon, fencing, floorball, women’s football, softball and triathlon

It was also learnt that the organiser had yet to send the technical handbooks for a number of sports.

“The changes of dates involves adjustment of one to two days, here and there, but no major changes. For the athletes, not so much impact, only for administrators as some might have booked their flight tickets and so on.

“This might affect our schedule, I hope our airlines’ partner will help to minimise the changing costs. Hopefully, no changes for badminton which is scheduled from Dec 1-9 in Manila,” she told reporters after visiting the badminton squad preparation at the Badminton Academy of Malaysia here, today.

Earlier, the former swimming ace talked to the shuttlers on mental preparation and strength, which is as important as their physical endurance and training ahead of the Games.

Nurul Huda said the national contingent would set the overall medal target after a goal-setting workshop in November.

Meanwhile, Nurul Huda also congratulated high jumper Lee Hup Wei for creating history as the first Malaysian to advance to the finals of the World Championships, since the inception of the world meet in 1938.

“I would like to congratulate Hup Wei on his fantastic performance at the World Championship for reaching the finals and achieving his personal best. Aged 32, he is at the age that a lot of us discounted, but he has shown that age is not a barrier.

“With a lot of determination and focus, he achieves it. I hope all Malaysians will support him when he competes in the finals (on Saturday),” she added.

The former national record holder, who entered the competition through a wildcard ticket, made a 2.29-metre (m) jump in the Group B qualifying round at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, last night to advance to the finals.

The 32-year-old is now just 0.01m shy off the 2.30m national record, held by teammate Nauraj Singh Randhawa.


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