15 August 2001

Pesaka: Judging will be fair

THE Malaysian Silat Federation (Pesaka) have assured there will be no biased judging at next month's Kuala Lumpur Sea Games.

Pesaka secretary Megat Zulkarnain Omardin said yesterday this was important as there were cases of biased judging in previous Games which had peeved other countries.

He said the matter was discussed at the four-day technical delegates meeting in Kuala Lumpur which ended yesterday, and they have decided on a set of stringent criteria to determine the points and penalty.

"As you know, sports like silat can be very subjective. So the 54 delegates from eight countries have decided to approach the matter point by point to avoid any accusation of biased judging," he said.

Megat Zulkarnain refused to give examples of biased judging but many observers still remember the 1997 Jakarta Games where the host country swept 17 of the 20 gold on offer.

And many countries were disappointed with the results then. Some had said the jury deliberately turned a blind eye when an opponent scored against Indonesian exponents but were quick to take note when the opposite happened.

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