Published on Friday, 25 January 2013 09:48
Host nation Myanmar's controversial decision to drop five Olympic sports from this year's Southeast Asian Games will meet opposition from member nations at the SEA Games Federation Council Assembly on Sunday.
Myanmar plans to exclude tennis, table tennis, badminton, gymnastics and field hockey from the 27th SEA Games, which will be held in the capital Nay Pyi Taw from December 11 to 20.
"At Sunday's meeting we will firm up our disagreement with the decision Myanmar has made," said Olympic Committee of Thailand (OCT) president Gen Yuthasak Sasiprapa.
Charoen Wattanasin, OCT vice president and a member of the SEA Games Federation Council, said Sunday's meeting was being held to decide which sports disciplines would be contested at this year's SEA Games and how many gold medals would be on offer. He said opposition to the host's plan to drop such high-profile sports from the Games was increasing.
"Singapore has also sent a letter urging Myanmar to change the decision. But instead, Myanmar has decided to add some 17 domestic events and non-Olympic sports to the Games." Charoen said.
In related news, Yuthasak yesterday reported on talks with Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) president Ahmad Fahad al-Sabah on Thailand's plan to apply as a candidate nation for the 19th Asian Games in 2023. Yuthasak said the OCA president would visit Thailand in March to inspect the country's preparations as host for the 4th Asian Beach Games in Phuket next year. He said Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, chairwoman of the Games Administration Committee, would be invited to the meeting with the OCA president during his visit.