Safety Of Athletes At 2018 Asian Games Is Priority - Chef-De-Mission

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KUALA LUMPUR, July 14 (Bernama) -- Malaysia’s chef-de-mission to the Jakarta-Palembang 2018 Asian Games, Abdul Azim Mohd Zabidi has given an assurance on the safety of all athletes competing in the region’s biggest sporting event this August.

He said safety issue had been his utmost priority and that he had taken effective measures to ensure that such an issue would be addressed should it take place during the Games.

“We will ensure safety for all Malaysian athletes and make it as top priority... not only for the football team but all participating athletes.

“We are ready for any eventuality. In fact, we already have measures to ensure that every national athlete will get protection accordingly if it (untoward incident) were to happen,” he told reporters after checking out the national squash squad training session at the National Squash Centre here Friday.

Thursday, the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Under-19 Football Championship semi-final match between Malaysia and Indonesia at the Gelora Delta Sidoarjo in Surabaya was marred by unruly behaviour of the home fans.

The Indonesian fans were unhappy and angry after the Malaysians beat the Indonesian team 3-2 on penalties.