THE SportsUnite-MK Land-Milo-Power Under-11 Integration Cross-country Relay, scheduled at Urban Park 1 and Urban Park 4 in Damansara Damai this Saturday, has become the latest casualty of the prevailing haze.
SportsUnite excutive director Datuk Dina Rizal said the organisers had decided to postpone this event to a later date as they were concerned about the poor air quality and did not want the health of children to be adversely affected by it.
The Department of Environment have rated the quality of the air in many parts of the country, including the Klang Valley, as poor and unhealthy.
Due to the haze affecting the country, this is not the best of time for people, especially children, to go outdoors and take part in a sports event, Dina explained.
As such, we have to postpone our cross country relay, scheduled for this Saturday, to a later date. We can't set a new date because we don't know how long the haze will last.
We have to monitor the situation closely and announce a new date when it is clear that the conditions are suitable for us to hold this event.
Dina said the cross country relay would be limited to 100 teams, 65 boys' and 35 girls' teams.
Each team must have four runners from at least two races. The first and third member of the relay team have to run a 1.8km route in Urban Park 4 while the second and fourth member have to tackle a 1.3km route in Urban Park 1.
Earlier, in May, the Sportsunite- MK Land-Milo-MSSS Under-16 Cross-Country Relay drew a total of 71 teams from 22 secondary schools.
In this coming event, Bata Malaysia will be contributing Power brand shoes to the winners of the cross-country relay.
Power brand manager Datuk James Selvaraj said they were proud to be associated with this cross-country event whose objective is to promote racial unity.
We share the same vision as SportsUnite, MK Land and Milo in promoting healthy activities to young kids. MK Land has graciously offered the venue and it's our duty as sponsors to make the event a success. Sports is the correct way to promote racial unity, said James.
The Under-11 cross-country relay for boys and girls is organised with the support from the Selangor Schools Sports Council (MSSS) and the Selangor Amateur Athletic Association (SAAA).
MK Land chief executive officer Tan Sri Mustapha Kamal said: It is wonderful to see children from various races mingling in sports.
Sport is a good way to address social problems. We are keen to play a role in promoting racial unity through sports.''
Nestle Products sports marketing manager Ng Ping Loong said they appreciated MK Land's efforts to promote cross country at the grassroots.
We have received positive feedbacks from all quarters on the Under-16 cross country relay. We did not have any hesitation when MK Land and SportsUnite approached us to organise an Under-11 category. We want to show our support and help cultivate a sports culture among Malaysians, said Ng.