Tuesday, October 22, 2013

MAU To Send Only Category A Athletes To Myanmar SEA Games

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 21 (Bernama) -- The Malaysian Athletics Union (MAU) remain has decided to send only athletes under category A to the Myanmar SEA Games from Dec 11-22.

MAU President Datuk Zainal Abidin Ahmad said the decision was made to uplift the standard of athletics in the country and to ensure only quality athletes are sent for high level competitions.

"We have given the aspiring athletes a chance to prove themselves at the Malaysian Open Athletics Championships which ended yesterday. So, just like we have said before, we will only send athletes who have made the cut, he said when announcing the list of athletes who will be on the flight to Myanmar, here, today.

Under the Olympic Council of Malaysia's (OCM) criteria for major games, the Category A and B were introduced, namely to allow athletes who qualify on merit to be listed under Category A and athletes who did not make the cut, be listed under Category B.

The cost of participation for athletes under Category A will be borne by the OCM while the respective National Sports Associations will have to bear the cost of sending athletes under Category B.

However, if athletes under Category B win a gold medal, their expenditure will be reimbursed by OCM while athletes who win a silver medal will have a part of their expenditure reimbursed by the OCM.

Zainal Abidin said the MAU Selection Committee that met today had decided to pick 40 athletes to the Myanmar SEA Games, comprising 27 men and 13 women.

"The list is based on the performance of athletes at the Malaysian Open Athletics Championships that ended yesterday," he said.

Among elite athletes who have made the cut are Loo Choon Sieng (20km walk); Iskandar Alwi (pole vault); S. Kanathasan (400m); Rayzam Shah Wan Sofian (110m hurdles), Schzuan Ahmad Rosely, P. Yuvaraaj, Anchois Aron and Kwong Kar Jun (4x400m), all in the men's category.

"I feel it is a balanced squad because it is a blend of senior and back up squad athletes. Our gold medal target for the SEA Games in Myanmar remain seven," said Zainal Abidin.

Zainal said the country's gold medal hopes would rest on the men's 20km walk, pole vault, 4x400m, high jump, hammer throw, 400m and 110m hurdles.

As for the absence of defending gold medallist in the men's high jump, Lee Hup Wei and women's 400m hurdles runner Noraseela Khalid from the list to Myanmar, Zainal said both were given a chance to prove themselves but failed.

He added that those selected would have to undergo a medical checkup and doping test at the National Sports Institute (ISN) before heading for centralised training in Kuala Terengganu on Nov 4.

-- BERNAMA

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