IPOH, Sept 11 (Bernama) — Even before they got to kick the ball in the Malaysia Games (Perak Sukma 2018), Sabah’s men and women’s futsal teams will be flying home all because one the players, a 16-year-old girl, was afflicted by mumps.
Perak Youth and Sports Committee chairman Howard Lee Chuan How said the 30 other players and officials in the team were also suspected to have been infected by the mumps virus.
He said the girl was in stable condition and all team members had been placed under quarantine at an accommodation premises since Sept 7 to prevent spread of the disease to others.
None of them are in any danger and they will be flown back to Sabah soon.
Lee said the Sabah futsal contingent was given the option of changing their players but they opted to withdraw.
“I know they have trained very hard to compete but this has happened. It is indeed saddening,” he told a press conference here today.
Sabah’s chef-de-mission Arunarnsin Taib said they had to make the difficult decision because of the risk posed other teams.
“Both teams had trained very hard but due to the health risks, we had to take this decision. Definitely it is saddening that we cannot compete in the futsal competition this time,” he said.