Malaysia considers “downsizing” of Commonwealth Games | Sports News

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s Olympic Council said on Monday it will host a “scaled-down” Commonwealth Games in 2026 as the Southeast Asian country considers replacing the original host, Australia’s Victoria state. I suggested that.

The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) has pledged 100 million pounds ($127.33 million) in support to Malaysia if it decides to take over as the venue, after the state of Victoria withdrew last year citing ballooning costs. ) offered to provide.

Reaction to the proposal has been mixed in Malaysia amid concerns over the cost of expenditure and lack of preparation time. Sports Minister Hannah Yeo said Cabinet will discuss the issue this week.

Victoria’s bid to host the event has cast doubt on the future of the quadrennial multi-sport event, raising questions about its merits and continued significance.

Malaysia previously hosted this event in 1998.

Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) Secretary-General Mohd Natifuddin Najib said on Monday that cost-cutting measures would be taken, such as using standard hotels and lodging facilities to accommodate athletes and officials instead of building purpose-built villages for the Games. proposed several measures.

He told reporters that Malaysia may direct some of the budget for the 2027 Southeast Asian Games to the Commonwealth Games.

“We feel this could be a scaled-down competition,” he said. “For example, it doesn’t have to be 15 sports, it can be 10 sports. And we’ll have a smaller opening and a smaller closing (ceremony).

“We can discuss all of this, but this decision is best made by the government.”

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