Sabah, Sarawak could miss out on being 2017 SEA Games venue

Sabah and Sarawak may not be considered as a venue for the 2017 SEA Games, which is set to be hosted by Malaysia.

Datuk Seri Zolkples Embong, Chief Executive Officer of 2017 SEA Games, said they would have to seriously consider the costs involved if events are to be held in both the states.

“There is a possibility that Sabah and Sarawak might not be included as the SEA Games Federation does not encourage too many venues, because it will lead to difficulty for officials to make visits and to hold meetings.”

“And then there is also the high cost, and logistical problems,” he told The Malaysian Insider.

As for now, the Bukit Jalil Sports Complex remains the main place, followed by Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Putra World Trade Centre, Tennis Complex, Taman Equestrian and Kuala Lumpur Velodrome.

Zolkples added that only 38 sporting events will be contested this time around.

“The SEA Games Federation requires the organizer to contest at least 24 sporting events including two compulsory sports, athletics and aquatics.”

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