Saturday, July 4, 2009

Athletes can compete overseas

THE Sports Ministry has taken a different stand from that of the Education Ministry, and is not ready to push the panic button and stop Malaysian athletes from competing overseas.
Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek made it clear yesterday that his ministry feels the Influenza A(H1N1) virus is still under control.
The Education Ministry has banned teachers and students from competing overseas for fear of being infected by the virus.
"Yes, or stand is opposite to the Education Ministry's because we feel the situation is still under control. However, we will change this policy if we receive a directive from the Health Ministry to stop sending athletes overseas because of the H1N1 virus," added Ahmad Shabery after officiating Skate Malaysia at the Sunway Rink yesterday.
Presently, the national hockey team are in Dublin, Ireland for the Champions Challenge II which starts on Monday while the Badminton World Championships will take place in Hyderabad, India next month.

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