National athletes celebrate Syawal at training camp
KUALA LUMPUR – With their minds focused on the success of upcoming multisport events, national athletes will sacrifice their Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebrations this year amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Jefri Ngadirin, Director of the Athletes Division of the National Sports Council (NSC) (Photo) said with the Tokyo Olympics and SEA Hanoi Games in their sights, athletes will only celebrate Syawal on a small scale in their training facilities and are not allowed to go outside.
“Our plan is to have moderate celebrations involving the athletes and coaches who stay at camp. But then it all depends on the COVID-19 situation, ”he told Bernama when contacted today.
Athletes have returned to quarantine-based training at the NSC facilities in Bukit Jalil and a few other locations, including the Malaysian Badminton Academy (ABM), in recent days due to the new control order for movements (MCO) announced by the government.
Jefri said the NSC opted for quarantine-based training after taking into account AGC and the recent increase in COVID-19 cases in the country.
“Of course, NSC is concerned about possible disruption to training and competitions due to COVID-19. This is why we decided to organize a training camp based on the quarantine.
“All athletes and coaches in the NSC program have been advised to always follow standard operating procedure (SOP),” he added.
He said all athletes and coaches took the RTK Antigen test three weeks ago and will be taking another next week.
According to media reports, 11 sepak takraw athletes and coaches tested positive for COVID-19 after attending an IFTAR event recently hosted by the Sepak Takraw Association of Malaysia.
Previously, 15 players had been infected with ABM since April 17, while a junior athlete and his coach had also tested positive at the national bowling camp.
Meanwhile, Jefri said the national muay thai team is expected to leave for Thailand next week for training and competitions.