Officials, Athletes Urged To Ensure Personal And Property Safety

Officials, Athletes Urged To Ensure Personal And Property Safety
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 2 (Bernama) — Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin has urged national contingent officials to the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to always ensure the safety of athletes and property.

He said although he had yet to receive any report on problems concerning the safety of national athletes and officials, and their property, precautionary measures should be enhanced.

“We are discussing with the organising committee to ensure the level of safety, especially in the sport villages, is satisfactory.

“I did remind the contingent officials to be alert, ensure valuable items are not exposed and athletes always bring along valuable items and cash with them,” he told reporters after the ceremony to hand over the participants of the Islamic Studies Internship programe here, today.

He also reminded athletes against easily losing focus due to safety problems and the problems in the organisation of the festival.

The security issue cropped up when the Australian cycling team was shocked with the theft of a computer laptop at the Olympics sport village, which was feared to contain confidential information of their racers.

According to the Australian contingent chief Kitty Chiller, it was quite difficult to identify the culprit because there were too many people in the village and some did not have acreditation cards.

In the meantime, Khairy also reiterated his confidence at the capability of the national contingent to garner the first gold medal from the Olympic Games.

“We have to be confident because it is our objective for so long. We have done our best in terms of our preparation, and we will see what is going to take place (during the Olympics),” he said.

Khairy is expected to depart for Rio de Janeiro to join the national contingent on Aug 11.

A total 32 national athletes from 10 sports events qualified for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, which would officially raise its curtain on Aug 5.