Kuala Lumpur – Malaysia, July 16, 2012: 12th OCM Executive Board Meeting 2012 – Tuesday, 17th July 2012 at 4.30 p.m. at OCM Boardroom, 1st Floor, Wisma OCM, Kuala Lumpur.
MAJOR SPORTS EVENTS 2012
Games of the XXX Olympiad – 27th July to 12th August 2012, London.
CGF General Assembly 2012 – 28th September 2012, Kampala, Uganda
30th OCA General Assembly 2012 – 8th November 2012, Macau, China.
27th SEA Games Meetings 2012
The Myanmar 27th SEA Games Organising Committee (MYASOC) organized the first meetings of the SEA Games Federation in preparation for the 27th SEA Games to be held Myanmar from 11th to 22nd December 2012. The 27th SEA Games will be held in the cities of Nay Pyi Taw and Yangon, with one sport each in the City of Mandalay for Women’s Football and Pathein Township (Ngwesaung Beach) for Sailing, from 11th December 2013.
The following meetings of the SEA Games Federation were held on 13th and 14th July 2012:
13th July at 10.00 am – Meeting of the Sports and Rules Committee, attended by Y.Bhg. Prof. Dato’ Dr. Zakaria Ahmad, Y.Bhg. Dato’ Low Beng Choo, Y.Bhg. Tan Sri Mohd Nor Rahim and Dato’ Sieh Kok Chi (SEA Games Federation Honorary Member);
13th July at 10.00 am – Meeting of the Medical Committee, attended by Y.Bhg. Dato’ Dr. S. S. Cheema;
13th July at 3.00 pm – Meeting of the Executive Committee, Y.Bhg. Prof. Dato’ Dr. Zakaria Ahmad, Y.Bhg. Dato’ Low Beng Choo, Y.Bhg. Tan Sri Mohd Nor Rahim and Dato’ Sieh Kok Chi (SEA Games Federation Honorary Member);
14th July at 10.00 am – Meeting of the Council, Y.Bhg. Prof. Dato’ Dr. Zakaria Ahmad, Y.Bhg. Dato’ Low Beng Choo, Y.Bhg. Tan Sri Mohd Nor Rahim and Dato’ Sieh Kok Chi (SEA Games Federation Honorary Member).
All the 11 member National Olympic Committees of the SEA Games Federation were present.
Meeting of the Sports and Rules Committee
MYASOC presented the following sports identified for 2012:
Category 1 – 2 sports – Aquatics (Swimming, Diving and Water Polo), and Athletics.
Category 2 – 24 sports – Archery, Badminton, Basketball, Billiards & Snooker, Boxing, Canoe, Cycling, Equestrian, Football including Futsal, Golf, Gymnastics, Judo, Karate, Rowing, Sepaktakraw, Sailing, Shooting, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Tennis, Volleyball, Weightlifting, Wrestling, and Wushu,
Group 3 – 5 sports – Bodybuilding, Chess Muay, Pencak Silat, and Traditional Boat Race,
The Committee appealed for the inclusion of the following sports:
Fencing, Fin Swimming, Hockey, Petanque, Soft Tennis, Tarung Derajat and Vovinam.
The Organising Committee proposed the inclusion of the traditional sport of Chinlone, as a demonstration sport. Chinlone is played by 6 players in a circle with a Sepaktakraw ball. It is a discipline of Sepaktakraw as it was played at the Busan 2002 Asian Games, with slightly modified rules. The Committee decided to include Chinlone as a discipline of Sepaktakraw, with medals to be contested.
Meeting of the Medical Committee
Y.Bhg. Dato’ Dr. S. S. Cheema represented OCM at the above meeting. The meeting discussed the Hearing Report submitted by OCM on the 2 Malaysian athletes, one athlete and one weightlifter, who had adverse analytical findings of their urine samples tested at the 26th SEA Games 2011. Unfortunately, the Indonesian Olympic Committee did not submit a Hearing Report of their Kempo athlete who also had an adverse analytical finding at the 26th SEA Games. The Medical Committee recommended that the medals awarded should be withdrawn and a report be submitted to WADA and the respective IFs for further sanction.
Meeting of the Executive Committee
The Chairman of the Executive Committee, U Thaung Htike, Secretary General of the Myanmar Olympic Committee stated that the 27th SEA Games would be the third occasion Myanmar host the SEA Games. The first was in 1961, the second in 1969. As such it had been 44 years since Myanmar last hosted a SEA Games. As such, he appealed for the support and understanding of the member NOCs of the SEA Games Federation to ensure that the 27th SEA Games would be a success. He added that Myanmar has not been developing many sports and as such lacked the experience and athletes in a number of sports, which they would not be including in the 27th SEA Games 2013. He stated that MYASOC has decided a maximum of 32 sports.
The Executive Committee then discussed the recommendations of the Sports & Rules Committee and the Medical Committee. On the final list of sports, it was recommended that MYASOC decide which of the additional 7 sports would be included to make up the final total of 32 sports, or to include more than one sport making the number to more than 32. It was also decided that there would be no further consideration for the addition of new sports, other than the above 7 sports.
The Executive Committee also approved the recommendations of the Medical Committee and decided that the proposed amendments to Article 33 – Medical Code of the SEA Games Federation Charter be further discussed by the Medical Committee before the Council approved the proposals.
Meeting of the Council of the SEA Games Federation on 14th July 2012
The Council Meeting was chaired by HE U Tint Hsan, President of the Myanmar Olympic Committee and Myanmar National Sport Committee, President of the SEA Games Federation, and Union Minister of Sport and Hotels and Tourism. In his Opening Address HE U Tint Hsan welcomed all the delegates. He expressed his appreciation to the SEA Games Federation for playing an important role in organising the biennial regional Games but also in sports development and raising the standards of sports in the region. He added that sport is an effective diplomatic means to tighten cross cultural ties and unity amongst nations of various origin. As such, he expected the nations of the SEA Region will achieve the same. He thanked the SEA Games Federation for providing Myanmar the opportunity to host the 27th SEA Games in 2013, and looked for close cooperation and assistance from the member countries of the SEA Games Federation. Finally he expressed confidence that the organisation of the 27th SEA Games was on schedule and the people and government of Myanmar looked forward to welcoming the athletes and sports fans to the Golden Land of Myanmar in 2013.
The Council then approved the following:
• Minutes of the last Council Meeting,
• Received a brief report from the Secretary General of the Indonesian Olympic Committee on the 26th SEA Games 2011, including the presentation of a printed report,
• Received a brief report on the organisation of 28th SEA Games 2015 from the representatives of the Singapore National Olympic Council, who will the hosting the above Games,
• Approved the recommendations of the Medical Committee, the Sports & Rules Committee and the Executive Committee.
• Received a brief report on the SEA Games Coordination Offie in Bangkok.
• Noted the request of the Brunei Darussalam Olympic Committee to host the 30th SEA Games in 2019, instead of the 29th SEA Games in 2017,
• Noted the request of the Cambodian Olympic Committee to host the 31st SEA Games in 2021, instead of the 29th SEA Games in 2017,
• Noted the readiness of the Olympic Council of Malaysia to host the 29th SEA Games in 2017, should there be no other willing host.
The City of Nay Pyi Taw, Host City of the 27th SEA Games 2013
Nay Pyi Taw, the new capital city of Myanmar. Nay Pyi Taw is about 200 km north of Yangon and is a new city built like Putrajaya. By express way, it would take about 4 hours from Yangon, while by air, it would take around 45 minutes from Yangon. The overall size of Nay Pyi Taw is bigger than Putrajya, but since it is newly developed, there are not many people living there and the city is quite quiet. The roads are wide and straight and the buildings are big and well designed. There are 15 hotels in the City. The Parliament House is very impressive. The airport like everything here is also very large but again only Myanmar air flies in a few flights a day.
The Government of Myanmar is building two new sports complexes about 20 km apart. Both are identical with one Football stadium of 30,000 seating capacity, 3 indoor stadia side by side, two with 3,500 seating capacity and one with 5,000 seating capacity and one indoor swimming complex. The complexes are about 60% complete and are scheduled for completion by the end of 2012. There is also an Archery complex. The Games Village is also almost ready. It comprises about 200 buildings each of 2 storey with 4 units per building, two on the ground floor and 2 on the first floor. Each unit has 3 rooms, 2 shower and toilets, a kitchen and a sitting room. Each unit has either 6 beds or 7 beds. The buildings are located in clusters, with 20 buildings in each cluster. Thus each cluster has about 520 rooms. There are 10 clusters which totals to around 5,200 beds. The units are air-conditioned and as a precaution, all the beds have mosquito nettings. The units will be used by government officers after the Games.
There is a new Convention Centre, where the welcome ceremony of the participating contingents of the 27th SEA Games will be held. The Convention Centre will also serve as the media centre. 23 sports will be held in the City of Nay Pyi Taw. Overall the Myanmar organsing committee is well prepared and the 27th SEA Games, from 11th to 22nd December 2013, will be very well organised.
Malaysian Fencing Federation (MFF)
The Malaysia Open Fencing Championship 2012 was successfully organized for three days from 13 to 15 July 2012 in the Indoor Sports Arena, Level 3, Wisma OCM. The two (2) hundred over participants included coaches, team managers and technical officials from Singapore, Uzbekistan, Hungary, St. Petersburg, Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia.
On the first day of event, (Men’s Sabre and Women’s Foil), two medals were won by the Malaysian Men’s Sabre. Silver Medal was won by En. Mohd Radhi from Selangor and Bronze Medal was won by En. Nurul Ariezzat from Negeri Sembilan. On the second day of event, (Men’s Epee and Women’s Epee), Joshua Koh I-Jie took the Men’s Gold Medal and on Day 3, for the event Men’s Foil and Women’s Sabre, only three (3) Malaysian fencers all men, managed to enter the top-8 position. The 3 fencers were Zairul Zaimi (Putrajaya), Mohd Izzul (Perak) and Hasnul Hadi (Perlis).
The three days competitions saw a lot of action and interaction among fencers of the different countries and they competed in good sportsmanship. The results of the Championship showed that Malaysia has still much room to improve especially in the Women’s categories.
MFF would like to thank the OCM Board members who were present on different days to give away prizes to the winners. They were Y.Bhg. Laksda Dato‘ Pahlawan Danyal Balagopal (Vice-President OCM), Mr. Yong Choo Kong (Hon. Treasurer OCM) and Mr. T. Kumar (Hon. Assistant Secretary OCM). Also present was the President of MFF, En. Ahmad Farik Haji Abdul Hamid, who was present throughout the three days of competition.
The Working Committee wishes to thank all participants, fencers and officials from all the participating countries and all who have helped to make the Malaysia Open Fencing Championship 2012 a great success.
(The above article was submitted by Cik Moira Tan, Hon. Assistant Secretary, OCM.)
Sponsorship Presentation for the Malaysian Contingent to Olympic Games London 2012
The Sponsorship Presentation for the Malaysian Contingent to Olympic Games London 2012 was held on Monday, 9th July 2012, 11.00 am, OCM Sports Museum & Hall of Fame, Kuala Lumpur. Representatives of the following sponsors of OCM presented mock cheques and their Brand Logos to YAM Tunku Tan Sri Imran ibni Almarhum Tuanku Ja’afar, President of OCM: Coca Cola, P&G, Astro Arena, BATA/Power, Carlsberg, Dutch Lady, Maxis, MESUMA, Sports Toto, and Telekom Malaysia.
Flag Handing Ceremony for the Malaysian Contingent to Olympic Games London 2012
The Hon. Prime Minister of Malaysia presented the Jalur Gemilang to YABhg. Tun Ahmad Sarji Abdul Hamid, Chef de Mission of the Malaysian Contingent of the London 2012 Olympic Games, on Wednesday, 11th July 2012, 12.30 pm, at the Prime Minister’s Office, Putrajaya.
The presentation was made in the presence of Cabinet Ministers of the Malaysian Government, the Olympic athletes, officials, guests and media. YABhg. Tun Ahmad Sarji Abdul Hamid, Chef de Mission of the Malaysian Contingent then handed the Jalur Gemilang to Platform Diver, Ms. Pandelela Rinong, the Flag Bearer of the Malaysian Contingent at the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games on 27th July 2012. —– OCM