Counting down to another 143 days to the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games and the preparations are on track for the biggest sporting event in Malaysia this year.
This year will mark the seventh time that Malaysia is hosting the biennial event, and Youth and Sports ministry is doing all they can to make it an event to remember. One of the minister’s priority for the 2017 SEA Games is to make sure that the live coverage of the games will be accessible to all.
Local sports fans will be delighted to hear that 24 sports out of 38 sports at the 2017 KL SEA Games will be broadcasted live in high quality.
According to Bernama, some of the sports that will receive live coverage are athletics, aquatics, football, cycling, bowling, weightlifting, table tennis, gymnastics, badminton, taekwondo, and more.
This was confirmed by the Youth and Sports minister, Khairy Jamaluddin, who explained that “the number comprised live coverage for more than 60 per cent of the total sporting events from different venues, through televised broadcasting and Internet streaming” from 19th August until 31st August.
“This will be the most live coverage that we will have in the entire history of the SEA games. So far I am quite happy with the cooperation we are receiving from the regional broadcasters.” the minister explained.
“The Malaysian SEA Games Organising Committee (MASOC) want to make sure that we put on the best show for the excitement of spectators in the venue as well as viewers from home through high quality broadcasting.”
According to Khairy, fifteen broadcasters from seven ASEAN countries and one international broadcaster, International Games Broadcast Services (IGBS) from Switzerland, attended the meeting.
“In line with the SEA Games theme of ‘Rise Together’, we want to make sure the high quality of the broadcast and it goes to as many countries as possible including Timor Leste.”
The minister also added that the broadcasting will not only cover sports that are popular in Malaysia, it will also include lesser known sports like speed skating.
Apart from that, Khairy Jamaluddin also expressed his relief that they have achieved 90% of the sponsorship target for the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games. He hopes to achieve the remaining target of RM 10 million by August.