KUALA LUMPUR, April 30 (Bernama) -- The Malaysian Karate Federation (Makaf) said it was disappointed with Singapore's decision to exclude Karate from the 2015 SEA Games, even though the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) had made an appeal to include the event as one of the sports to be contested.
"We're very disapointed with the decision, but what we can do. OCM had appealed to the (Singapore SEA Games) organising committee, but it did not see the light of day," Makaf secretary Vincent Chen told Bernama when contacted Wednesday.
In early March, OCM president Tunku Tan Sri Imran Tuanku Ja'afar said there was not much more that the council could do for the inclusion of Karate at the Singapore SEA Games since the hosts had made their desicion.
Yesterday, SEA Games Federation executive committee chairman Dr Tan Eng Liang confirmed that floorball, a hockey-like game getting popular in Singapore schools and petanque will be the new games to be included while karate, weightlifting and wrestling were left out.
Chen also said for the sake of the sport, Karate International Federation president Antonio Espinos had offered to pay all costs of running the sports at the Games but the host nation pointed out venue and problems in the sports' local governance as other reasons for its exclusion.....