Malaysian official: Philippines will use advantage as host to win SEA Games title

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Posted at Nov 01 2019 12:30 AM

Kuala Lumpur did same thing in the 2017 SEA Games, says Malaysian official

A Malaysian sports official said he sees the Philippines taking the overall championship in this year’s Southeast Asian Games where the country is expected to make the most out of its home advantage.

“The Philippines will naturally be the champion, with Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore fighting for 2nd to 6th positions,” said Datuk Sieh Kok Chi, former secretary of the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM), in his Facebook post.

Chi said the Philippines is using the same strategy by Malaysia when Kuala Lumpur hosted the 2017 edition of the games.

“Being the host, Malaysia had certain advantages, which were maximised by the Organizing Committee,” he said.

“For example, the Diving events were increased from the normal 8 events to 13, Track Cycling events were increased from the normal 8 events to 13 and Pencak Silat events were increased from the normal 14 events to 20 events. In addition, the events of a number of sports, such as Boxing, Fencing, Judo, Weightlifting, were reduced by half.”

As a result, Malaysia won 145 of a total of 404 gold medals and was declared as overall champion.

“What happened in 2017 did not go un-noticed and was quickly picked up by PHILSGOC (sic),” said Chi.

“As such, the 30th SEA Games Sports Program has some rather lopped-sided (sic) events, such as Diving with only 4 events, Track Cycling being totally deleted and Pencak Silat reduced from 20 events to 9 events only . . . The Malaysian Contingent has lost 50 gold medals due to the non-inclusion of many events as well as the dropping of a number of sports and disciplines (6 to be exact) from the 2019 Sports Program.

“As such the Malaysian Contingent should be quite satisfied, if it can finish in 4th position in the 30th SEA Games.”

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