Malaysia has withdrawn its contingent for the inaugural Asia Youth Games(AYG) in Singapore, which officially opens on June 29 after a week of opening ceremonies.
The Olympic Council of Malaysia informed the AYG organising committee yesterday evening that Malaysia would not be taking part in the Games except for the two members of the sailing team who are already in Singapore and would continue to participate in their respective events, due to the influenza A(H1N1) outbreak.
Malaysia was to have sent a contingent of 109 athletes and officials headed by chef de mission Marina Chin for the AYG until the directive from the Education Ministry which barred students and teachers from participating in overseas sports competition because of the Influenza A(H1N1) outbreak.
Last week, the Philippine football team, consisting of 17 players and 3 coaches, was placed in isolation for one week and delisted from the competition after one of their players tested positive for A(H1N1).
In a media briefing, the AYG Organising Committee co-chairman Oon Jin Teik said they respected Malaysia's decision not to send their contingent for the AYG.
"We understand their decision and they are doing what they feel is best for their teams," said Oon.
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