Once the contingent is selected, it is the responsibility of the Chef-De-Mission, Datuk Dr. Ramlan Aziz and the people at Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) to make sure that travel and other arrangements for athletes and teams are done properly. Chances are both parties would say that this is a FAM matter.
"There was a delay in flight arrangement, we wrote to the necessary agencies and approval was given 10 days ago, but it was unfortunate that this has happened." said an official.
The team, coached by K.Rajagopal is scheduled to take on Timor Leste on Wednesday in the opening match of the SEA Games soccer competition.
The team is travelling in a private chartered flight because it is placed in category B; which means they will pay for their (maybe in advance) for their expenses, which include travel and lodging. Should they win a gold medal, they will be reimbursed in full.
They will make yet another journey to RMAF Subang today and one can only hope that the plane can take off.