The Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) have postponed their executive committee election to mid-2018 to ensure next year's Sea Games run smoothly.
OCM president Tunku Imran Tuanku Ja'afar said it would not be practical to elect a new committee just six weeks before the Games.
"There are also the Olympic Winter Games in early 2018 and Commonwealth Games in April that year. It would be better to hold the election after these events," he said.
The decision to postpone the election was made after 33 of the 35 associations at yesterday's annual general meeting voted for it.
Tunku Imran, 68, who has helmed OCM for 18 years, also said this would be his last term as he had always wanted to end his service when he turned 70.
The postponement of the election would also give OCM the opportunity to revamp their constitution effectively, he said.
"The intention is to align our constitution with the International Olympic Committee's (OIC). There are many things to be done," he said.
Meanwhile, the decision on whether next year's Sea Games and Asean Games will be held concurrently is to be decided by July 14.
"It will put a lot of strain on our technical officials and the logistics," said Tunku Imran.
"The Sea Games are prime and everybody should respect that.
"While the Sea Games is a geographically established structure by OIC and OCM, the Asean Games is a political entity. We don't want the two to be mixed up."
Tunku Imran, however, gave the assurance that he had no objections to simultaneously run the two Games if the relevant bodies could prove it could be done without any disruption.
The final list of events to be featured in the Sea Games is expected to be announced by the end of next week.