Sports Analyst: How proud would we be if only 10 sports hosted the Commonwealth Games in Malaysia?

KUALA LUMPUR, March 19 — The issue of Malaysia being proposed to host the 2026 Commonwealth Games has intensified with various parties expressing differing opinions, leading to the latest questions. ing. The question is, “If Malaysia cuts the participation fee, what kind of pride will there be in hosting the Commonwealth Games?” How to reduce the number of sports to 10?

Local sports analyst Datuk Pekan Ramli said the proposal to scale down the sports extravaganza would be seen as lowering the standards of Malaysia’s second-biggest event after the Olympics, which is also held every four years. It feels unrealistic.

It would be troubling for Malaysia to require such preconditions to accept this proposal to ensure that this proposal does not please the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF).

“At what level are the (Commonwealth) Games?” Even the SEA Games, if intended as a venue, would have more competitions (assuming they were scaled back to 10 and accepted). (but) if we want to protect our country’s image, we need to respond to the demands of the nation. CGF. I don’t think the CGF will agree to his 10 sports unless Malaysia insists, but it’s a less preferred option.

“…And I don’t think the proposal[to reduce events]is realistic, because if you want to reduce the 20 events that will be held in Birmingham in 2022 to 17 or 18[in Malaysia]; That’s acceptable, but if there’s only 10 or 11, it’s not realistic.” It’s not up to the level of the Commonwealth Games. (Perhaps) other Commonwealth countries will look at this negatively when their athletes are definitely ready (to compete) in 17, 18 events,” he said in Bernama today. Ta.

Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) Secretary-General Datuk Mohd Nazfuddin Najib yesterday said the Commonwealth Games will be held on a smaller scale, with the number of sports reduced to 10 and the grand opening and closing ceremonies omitted. He suggested that it is possible to do so. Build new facilities and sports villages to significantly reduce organizational costs.

Pekan also said that even if Malaysia turns down the hosting job, Malaysia’s reputation will not be harmed, based on the strong rationale of uncertain economic conditions and limited time to make maximum preparations. I feel that there is not.

He said Malaysia, with its own name as the host country, must adhere to the principle of “taking it easy because it’s safe” while also having to “measure the clothes you wear on your body” (“make decisions based on your own circumstances”). He said that there is. The second time will be in the future when you are really ready.

“The CGF is not only offering it to us, but also offering it to Singapore and other CGF (countries), so there is no real concern (if they reject the offer).Also, if we Even if we refuse certain requests, there are reasons such as the unstable economic situation at the moment, or our company’s capacity is not sufficient.

“It’s not like the CGF will blacklist us or deny (Malaysia) the opportunity to host another Commonwealth Games (in the future). (Later) when we are ready, we will open the bidding process. (And) you can show that you’re really capable of being (an organizer). (Of course that’s OK.) It’s not a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. also stressed the need to strengthen ties between Malaysians.

Mr Pekan hinted at the possibility of Malaysia co-hosting with Singapore, saying this would require urgent comprehensive discussions with the neighboring countries to see if they wanted to work together to ease the burden on each other. He said that there is.

“This is an opportunity for us. This idea suddenly came up because we didn’t know before that there was also an offer in Singapore, so (co-hosting) is a good option. Malaysia and Singapore are both burdens and risks. “However, we just need to discuss it as soon as possible because it is close to being decided by the Cabinet.”

The state of Victoria (Australia), which was scheduled to host the 2026 Commonwealth Games, has seen preparation costs balloon from an initial estimate of A$2.6 billion (approximately 8.09 billion ringgit) to A$7 billion (approximately 21 ringgit). , withdrew in July last year. 78 billion).

The CGF then offered a £100 million (RM602 million) injection to 1998 host Malaysia and other member states to save the quadrennial event.

Minister for Youth and Sports Hannah Yeo has assured that all aspects will be considered in detail at this Friday’s Cabinet meeting before a decision on Malaysia’s bid to host the 2026 Commonwealth Games is finalized.

However, Mr Hanna expects it may take longer to announce a decision if more information is missing when considering the CGF’s proposal. — Bernama

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