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Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) president Tan Sri Mohamad Norza Zakaria (front, fourth from left) with members of the national contingent to the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games, during the letters of selection handover ceremony in Kuala Lumpur, on September 6, 2023. — Picture by BERNAMA

National contingent to Hangzhou Asiad keeps Malaysia’s good image

HANGZHOU, Sept 21 — Disciplined, courteous and friendly. That was the comment given by several parties, including international technical officials, on the national contingent at the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games here.

National contingent chef-de-mission (CDM) Datuk Chong Kim Fatt said the compliments relayed to him were something to be proud of as the national athletes have set a high standard in terms of conduct.

“Everywhere I went, including the dining hall, many people admired our athletes’ attire. They commented that our athletes are disciplined, courteous and friendly, which is great. I am pleased to hear this,” he said when met.

Commenting further, Chong, who is also the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) vice-president, said the feedback received proved that all athletes play the role of ‘Malaysian ambassador’ well to spread the good image of the country here.

“Through sports diplomacy, we are helping to promote our country. Our athletes are not only using the country’s money, they are also helping to raise the country’s image so that it can attract more people to come and travel to the country,” he said.

A total of 289 national athletes will compete in 22 of the 40 types of sports contested at the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games, which will officially start from September 23 to October 8.

— Bernama

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