KUALA LUMPUR, July 8 (Bernama) - Three Federal Territory handball players found guilty of bringing liquor into the Malaysia Games (Sukma) village last week have been suspended immediately from engaging in any sports activities.
Malaysian Handball Federation (PBBM) president Pandak Ahmad said the team manager, coach and an official were also suspended immediately although they were not involved in bringing liquor into the games village.
He said the PBBM took serious view of the incident and action was taken against the three officials for failure to monitor their athletes movement during their stay in the games village.
"In a meeting with the National Sports Council today, we proposed that they be suspended as the incident involved two cases, that involving liquor and rape.
"We suspend them for taking liquor into the games village as it is a case of indiscipline. We leave the rape case to the police," he said when contacted today. -MORE SPORTS-HANDBALL (SUSPEND) 2 (LAST) KUALA LUMPUR Newspapers reported that a chaperone lodged a police report claiming she was gang raped by male handball players at Universiti Putra Malaysia (games village) last Wednesday.
Pandak said the PBBBM would issue 'Standard Operating Procedures' (SOPs) for the athletes and officials involved in tournaments or games.
"The SOP will include making the bringing of liquor by ahtletes an act of indiscipline.
"In this particular case, the 19 year-old chaperone has to handle male athletes aged 18 and 19 years. A lot of possibilities can occur," he added.
Police had arrested three men handball athletes to assist investigation into a reported rape at the Sukma games village in UPM, last Wednesday. Three suspects, aged between 18 and 19 years, were arrested last Friday in the games village, a day after the victim lodged a report at Serdang district police headquarters. - BERNAMA ERE SNS ZUB