Monday February 25, 2013
Tunku Imran: Futsal will be great for Commonwealth Games
KUALA LUMPUR: Olympic Council of Malaysia president Tunku Tan Sri Imran Tuanku Ja’afar believes that futsal will be good addition to the Commonwealth Games.
Tunku Imran, who is also the Commonwealth Games Federation president, revealed that the African countries were lobbying for the inclusion of football in the Commonwealth Games but he feels that futsal will be a better pick in the multi-sport event.
“The African countries want football to played in the Games but the logistics and costs involved will be an obstacle,” said Tunku Imran, who launched the eighth edition of the Milo-Hidup Bola Futsal carnival at Dewan Ho Koh Chye in Wisma OCM yesterday.
“Futsal would be a better option as the number of players and officials per team is fewer and playing indoors also has its benefits. Futsal is also a very popular sports as well.”
Tunku Imran also praised the efforts taken by Milo to give youngsters a platform to play futsal via the Milo-Hidup Bola Futsal carnival.
“Competitions like this are good for children to gain experience ... too much of training will not always inspire children,” he said.
The Milo-Hidup Bola Futsal carnival, the biggest Under-12 and Under-16 futsal tournament in the country, is expected to attract more than 1,400 teams for the meet from March 9-July 7.
The competition will be held in 14 states, with the respective winners advancing to Grand Finals on July 7. The winners of the state and the Grand Finals will receive cash prizes, medals as well as Milo and Figos products.