Gold Coast 2018: Business or pleasure?
Just like the previous editions of multi-sports events, there are claims those not involved in sports have made their way to the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast.
"We've heard of such instances in the past and such talks continue to surface till today. So many people have been asking for accreditation cards. It remains unclear how many (cards) have been given out to these individuals," said an insider.
To erase all doubts, it's best if the stakeholders - especially the Olympic Council of Malaysia - make public the list of officials and individuals who are in Gold Coast 2018.
Also, the list should specific the roles they will be playing there. Every official must be there for a reason.
Otherwise, the nagging question of "excess baggage" will continue to haunt those involved in the Games and future editions.
For the record, Gold Coast is a surfers' paradise, has over a dozen of golden sand beaches, has Sea World -a premier animal marine park - and Pacific Fair Shopping Centre which hosts iconic global brands and leading Australian retailers.
To our national heroes (ie. athletes), all the best!