KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 18 (Bernama) -- The Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) will not easily recognise any category B athlete listed by sport associations to join the national contingent to the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea if the athlete's performance can tarnish the image of the country.
Asian Games chef-de-mission (CDM) Datuk Danyal Balagopal Abdullah stressed that the selection of athletes, including in category B, undergo a stringent selection process to ensure there are no 'passengers' in the contingent.
"Even if they agree to pay or willing to pay, we will not necessarily give the green light and endorsement if their presence there would smear the national image.
"We don't want them to go there and get thrashed. Like boxing, if they are knocked down in the first round, it's not exposure anymore," he told reporters after chairing the Asian Games selection committee meeting here on Monday.
At the post-mortem meeting last week, OCM agreed not to list athletes in several sport events and changed the status of several sports to category B from category A, following their dismal performances at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, recently.....