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Sabah pull out of futsal
Published on: Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Kota Kinabalu: The Sabah men and women futsal teams have withdrawn from the 19th Perak Sukma Games.

Sabah Chef-de-Mission Arunarnsin Talib, who is also the Assistant Youth and Sports Minister, made the announcement on Tuesday following the laboratory diagnostic test result for mumps on one of the athletes which had proved positive.

"In view of the screening test result, the Sabah contingent has decided to withdraw its men and women teams from the Sukma futsal tournament.

"This decision was made after taking into account the risk of an infection outbreak that could occur during the Sukma period. "We regret in not being able to compete in this Sukma. Both men and women futsal teams have been practising diligently but on the health factors of the other contingents' athletes, we abide by this heavy decision to withdraw from competing," he said in a brief statement.

The Sabah men's team was supposed to play on September 9 against Selangor in their Group A opening tie which also involved Perak and Perlis while the women's team in Group B with Melaka and Negeri Sembilan was due to take on the former on Monday.

Earlier, Perak Youth and Sports Development Exco Howard Lee confirmed the results on Monday and a meeting among National Sports Council Director, Ahmad Shapawi Ismail, Sabah State Sports Council representative, Malaysia Ministry of Health representative and Perak State Health Department's representatives, was later held to reach a decision on the Sabah futsal contingent.

A unanimous resolution was initially reached for the Sabah futsal contingent to exchange athletes to compete but with the final decision to withdraw taken by Sabah, all teams involved in women futsal Group C will be awarded with 3 points with a goal of 3-0 or more, if the opponents have reached higher counts of goal, and the same arrangement applies to men futsal Group A.

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