KUALA LUMPUR, July 10 (Bernama) -- The Malaysian Handball Federation will not interfere in the Federal Territories Sports Council's (FTSC) decision to bar the Federal Territory SUKMA men's handball team from participating in any activities organised by the council.
The Malaysian Handball Federation (MHF) President Pandak Ahmad said the federation had no reason to interfere in the decision as the team's participation in the SUKMA was under the FTSC's jurisdiction.
"We have suspended three players, coach, team manager and a chaperon. If the FTSC has decided to suspend the whole team that competed in the SUKMA, that is within their powers.
"FTSC supported the whole team's participation for the SUKMA and they have rights to make a decision," he told Bernama, today.
Newspaper reports today said the FTSC had suspended the entire men's handball team, coaches and officials from participating in activities organised by the council.
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The FTSC director Mohd Hamidi Abu Bakar had said that they would remain suspended until a committee set up to investigate the FT men's handball for bringing in alcohol into the games village that was situated at the Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM).
Local dailies had reported that three players from the FT men's handball team that competed in the SUKMA had allegedly taken turns to rape a chaperon at the women's hostel in UPM, last Wednesday.
The three players, aged between 18 and 19, were later detained by police and remanded after the victim had lodged a police report at the Serdang police station.
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