Tighter security measures for next year's Sukma

PETALING JAYA (July 11, 2013): The Youth and Sports Ministry will employ the help of Anti-Doping Agency Malaysia (Adamas) and State Action Council to ensure the safety and discipline of all participants in next year's Perlis Sukma.

Adamas is to help ensure that all athletes are tested for recreational and performance enhancing drugs as well as alcohol for the Perlis games.

"Security at the games village will also be closely monitored by the State Action Council under the supervision of the ministry. These extended security measures are initiatives by the ministry following the rape incident at Sukma 2013."

"We will remind the team managers over and over again to adhere to campus rules and to maintain their team's conduct. Any team which breaks the rules will be dealt with by the sporting association and sports council based on the severity of the offence," said Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.

Asked whether the screening process for chaperones would be more stringent, he said: "Appointment of chaperones lies within the powers of the state sports councils. However, we will see that the councils are more careful that their officials follow the rules."

The rape incident by three members of the Federal Territories handball team occurred after a party involving alcohol.

The coach who was discovered to be part of the gathering as well as three athletes, a team manager and a chaperone have been suspended by the Malaysian Handball Federation.

Khairy added that the Federal Territories Sports Council has also suspended their entire handball team.