Saturday, 23 July 2016

The NST : Khairy announces separate dates for 2017 Sea Games and Asean Para Games

BY FABIAN PETER - 22 JULY 2016 @ 3:18 PM

KUALA LUMPUR: It’s now official. The 2017 Sea Games will be held on Aug 19-31 while the 2017 Asean Para Games will take place on Sept 17-23.

Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin today announced that both events will not run concurrently as initially planned following the rejection from the Sea Games Federation (SEAGF) last week.

“Unfortunately, the idea was not endorsed by the SEAGF at its meeting last week.

“Although as the host country we are disappointed by the lack of vision and courage shown by the SEAGF, we respect the decision and will move on to organise the best ever Sea Games and Asean Para Games during separate dates," said Khairy in a statement.

Khairy, who is the chairman for the Malaysian Sea Games Organising Committee (MASOC) also announced that both Games will be officially known as KL2017.

Meanwhile, Khairy urged volunteers to sign up quickly as only 12,000 people have signed up so far.

The target is to reach 20,000 volunteers. Those interested can register on the official KL2017 website

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