2018 Asian Games: No Centralised Training Camp

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KUALA LUMPUR, July 10 (Bernama) -- No centralised training camps will be held for the Malaysian contingent in preparation for the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia, this August.

The country's contingent head to the 2018 Asian Games, Abdul Azim Mohd Zabidi said the decision was made as many athletes were currently undergoing training abroad.

"There are no centralised camps this time as many athletes are undergoing training abroad and most of them will head directly to Indonesia later.

"However, a hand-over ceremony [of the Jalur Gemilang (national flag)] with the national contingent and motivational courses for athletes will take place, before they leave for Jakarta-Palembang," he told reporters after meeting with several sports associations at Wisma OCM, Monday.

Abdul Azim said the preparations of the host Jakarta went smoothly and hoped that they would be completed before the arrival of the country's contingent which was expected to depart on August 15.

Asked on the medal target, he said he had yet to set any targets for the country's contingent to the Games.

"We will hold meetings with several parties including the National Sports Council (MSN) to scrutinise and review their performances in previous competitions.

"After the research, we will set a medal target for every sport that is expected to be finalised on July 30th." he said.

The Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia were scheduled to take place from Aug 18 to Sept 2.