26 April 2001


KUALA LUMPUR, April 25 (Bernama) -- Athletes in the Gemilang 2001 programme preparing for the SEA Games in September are a disciplined lot, said Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Hishammuddin Tun Hussein.

He said indiscipline cases reported, such as the sacking of a few athletes with the potential to win gold medals in the Games, did not affect the overall Gemilang 2001 progamme.

The Malaysian Silat Association (Pesaka) yesterday sacked 2000 world champion Zakri Ibrahim and Azlinda Ahmad from the Gemilang 2001 squad for disciplinary reasons.

"We may have lost the opportunity to win one or two gold medals in silat but then we have to stand firm concerning discipline," he said here today.

"We have to project a good image."

On the alleged sale of alcoholic beverages during the Malaysia Sevens Rugby World Series in Petaling Jaya over the weekned, Hishammuddin said the organisers should have taken into account views of the public.

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