Malaysian sports exec worries about too much “delicious food” served at SEA Games

  • A Malaysian top sports official expressed her concern over the amount of food being served to the athletes at the Athletes Village in New Clark City
  • Deputy president of the Malaysian Athletics Federation Datuk Mumtaz Jaafar said there is so much delicious food being served that their athletes might find it hard to resist and eventually gain weight
  • 35 Kapampangan chefs work round the clock to serve sumptuous food at the buffet

A Malaysian sports official expressed her concern over their athletes’ weight and diet after being served with so much delicious food at the 30th SEA Games.

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Deputy president of the Malaysian Athletics Federation Datuk Mumtaz Jaafar is worried about being served with too much delicious foods at the Athlete’s Village in New Clark City. She said their athletes might have difficulty resisting the sumptuous food being served on a buffet 23 hours a day.

Jaafar told the New Straits Times, “We arrived three days before athletics start and, after looking at the mess hall, I’m worried that some of my athletes might over-indulge and put on extra weight.”

“The food is delicious, even better than those served at some hotels… and it’s open 23 hours every day,” she added.

The cafeteria of the Athletes Village where the buffet is being served is conveniently located just walking distance from the athletes rooms. The 35 Kapampangan chefs work round the clock to offer a variety of dishes, including halal foods to the athletes at least six times a day.

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Breakfast begins at 5 am, while the last call for dinner would end as late as 4 in the morning the following day. Aside from the 3 meals, there are also four more “feeding times” in between to make sure no athlete goes hungry within the day.

“With the athletics venue across the road from the Village, I’m afraid they might have too much time on their hands and the mess hall might become the focal point,” Jaafar added.