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Saturday May 5, 2012
FOR every registration for the Sungai Petani Half-Marathon, RM1 will be donated to former international D. Nadarajan, who is paralysed following an accident.
The organiser of the event — former national middle and long- distance runner S. Ganesan — said they hope to raise RM10,000 for Nadarajan.
The run will be flagged off at Dataran Zero, Sungai Petani on Sept 1.
Ganesan, who won a silver medal in the 1,500m in the 1991 Manila SEA Games, said they were expecting about 10,000 participants for the inaugural Sungai Petani Half-Marathon.
“If that becomes a reality, then we will be able to present Nadarajan with RM10,000. I have been visiting him regularly and his condition is quite bad. He has four children.
“As a former athlete as well as his close friend during our athletics days, I would like to help him. I also urge other athletes to come forward to help this cause,’’ said Ganesan at the launch of the event in Kuala Lumpur recently.
Nadarajan won a silver medal for Malaysia in the 400m in the 1997 SEA Games in Jakarta. He was also a member of the 4x400m team in Jakarta. The other members were Romzi Bakar, Yazid Parlan and S. Vasu. In 2007, Nadarajan was involved in a freak accident and has been paralysed since then.
Ganesan said the half-marathon would be historic as it was the biggest athletic event to be held in Kedah.
“This run is not only organised to promote a healthy lifestyle but also to help the country unearth new talent in the long distance category.
“With the number of participants expected, this event will also help promote Sungai Petani and Kedah as tourist destinations.
“We notice that sports activities, especially running events, continue to attract a lot of interest from the public.
“We feel that it is our responsibility to further support these enthusiasts by organising a running event. It will give them the opportunity to test their limits.
“Above all we want more individuals to enjoy running. We are quite optimistic about attracting as many as 10,000 runners for this inaugural race,’’ said Ganesan.
The event offers 12 categories, covering four different distances — 21km, 10km, 5km and 3km — and World of Sports, the distributors of Mizuno brand in Malaysia, has come forward to support the Sungai Petani Half- Marathon.
World of Sports sales and marketing manager Glenny J Da Costa said they were impressed with Ganesan’s noble mission.
“We wish to congratulate Genesan for organising this event.
“It is rare to see a former athlete playing the role of organiser. We also feel compelled to do our small part in helping Nadarajan,’’ said Glenny.
Several former national athletes such as Kenny Martin and M. Arul Thevar were also present to show their support for the event.
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