KORAT, Dec 5 (Bernama) -- The Sepak Takraw Association of Malaysia (PSM) escaped being sanctioned by the SEA Games Federation (SGF) for pulling out of the Korat Sea Games at the eleventh hour.
Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) secretary Datuk Sieh Kok Chi said this was because the SGF had no provisions in its rules for punitive action in cases of last-minute withdrawals.
He, however, said the OCM were disappointed with the PSM as their action not only demoralised the players who had trained very hard to compete in the Games but it might also affect ties between sports associations in Malaysia and that of other countries.
"I hope the players don't lose heart," he said when met by reporters at the flag-raising ceremony at the Games Village here Wednesday.
He said this when commenting on remarks made by Asian Sepak Takraw Federation (ASTAF) president Abdul Halim Kader during a press conference here yesterday that ASTAF had no right to talk about what action should be taken on Malaysia as the matter came under the purview of the SGF.
The PSM withdrew in protest after a new rubber-coated ball, the Marathon New Generation, was introduced in this edition of the Games. PSM wanted the old ball, which had no rubber coating, to be retained.