Laos rejects women’s 3,000m steeplechase appeal

KUALA LUMPUR: The Laos SEA Games organising committee has rejected Olympic Council of Malaysia’s (OCM) appeal to include women’s 3,000m steeplechase in the athletics programme for the SEA Games in December.

OCM honorary secretary Datuk Sieh Kok Chi said OCM had made the recommendation to the Laos SEA Games organising committee even before Malaysian Amateur Athletics Union (MAAU) made its appeal on July 24.

“But because the women’s 3,000m steeplechase is still new and never been included in the athletics programme of the SEA Games, such an appeal for its inclusion will require at least a year and not at this late stage,” he told Bernama here yesterday.

OCM had also made an appeal to the SEA Games Federation (SGF) but the appeal was shot down because Laos were not interested in staging the event, added Sieh.

A local daily had reported that MAAU was still waiting for an answer from OCM in relation to the appeal for the inclusion of the event.

“Furthermore, athletes will require at least a year to prepare for the event and will not be able to do so in a few months,” he said.

Sieh added that the willingness of other countries to send their athletes for the event should also be taken into consideration when making such an appeal as sports and events included are based on acceptance by the host and participating countries.

“It will be different if we are the hosts but even then, to include an event in the last minute cannot go ahead if less than three countries decide to participate,” he said.— Bernama

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