KUALA LUMPUR, April 17 (Bernama) -- The Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) is still studying the appeals for 222 events from 41 sports to be included in the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games.
After listing 342 events from 34 sports in the provisional list on Feb 17, the OCM has the difficult job of determining the final list for the 29th SEA Games.
OCM president Tan Sri Tunku Imran Tuanku Ja'afar said the Technical Committee will meet in May to discuss the appeals before announcing the final list during the SEA Games Federation (SEAGF) meeting on July 13-14.
"The meeting will discuss the merit of all the events but we still have to follow the criteria. Some (Sports Associations) wanted to discuss, some do not, while some have very good justification.
"We continue to be open, if they want a meeting, then we meet. They have to give good reasons and arguments why they want the particular events in the SEA Games," he told Bernama.
Tunku Imran, who is also the SportsExcel chairman said this when met after Family Day Walkathon organised by SportsExcel in conjunction with its 25th anniversary at Bukit Jalil Sports Complex here, today.
On April 1, the OCM said they received appeals for 114 men's events, 100 women's events and eight mixed events via the National Olympic Councils (NOCs) of 10 Southeast Asian countries and from National Sports Associations (NSAs).
Among the sports are cycling (BMX and mountain bike), shooting (pistol, rifle, shotgun and practice pistol), contract bridge, canoeing/kayaking, fencing, floorball, judo, kempo, muay, sports climbing, tarung derajat, traditional boat race and vovinam.
The SEA Games is participated by 11 countries - Brunei, Philippines, Indonesia, Myanmar, Singapore, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, Timor Leste and Malaysia.
The 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games will be the sixth SEA Games to be held in Malaysia, after 1965, 1971, 1977, 1989 and 2001.