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Ahmad Shabery Expresses Satisfaction With CG Preparations

NEW DELHI, Oct 2 (Bernama) -- Malaysia's Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek on Saturday expressed his satisfaction with the preparations made by India for this year's Commonwealth Games (CG).

According to him, negative reports by the media and criticisms hurled at the country about the preparation were exaggerated to put the hosts in a bad light.

After making a visit to the Games' village here and having lunch with Malaysian athletes at it, he said so far that had been no complaints from the national athletes.

"However, they (Malaysian athletes) will have to make sure they do not gain weight because the meals served are very tasty," he joked to Malaysian journalists accompanying him on the visit.

He said he was also impressed with the tight security provided for the Games, which had not only reassured the Malaysian contingent but also the others on the security status.

Asked if he thought security was too tight with media personnel, athletes and even VIPs being closely vetted with bag and body searches being the norm, Ahmad Shabery said India had its reasons to do this.

"There are several internal security issues that country is dealing with which has been taken into consideration by the organisers and everyone including VIPs must conform to the security requirements," he said.

The national contingent is also being accompanied by several Malaysian security personnel who are in constant touch with their counterparts from the organisers to advise the national athletes on the "do's and dont's" where it comes to security and safety.

"This is the first time security personnel are accompanying the Malaysian contingent (at an international sports meet) and it is hoped this will be a regular feature in future," said Ahamad Shabery,

On the medal target, Ahmad Shabery said conservatively Malaysia aimed to capture 10 gold from lawn bowls, badminton, squash, weightlifting, track cycling and diving.

Source from BERNAMA

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