IT WILL be evaluation time for the athletes from Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) when they take part in the International Combined Events (ICE) championships at the National Sports Council (NSC) training centre in Bukit Jalil on Nov 26 and 27.
The 16 Form One and Two students would be up against their counterparts not only from Australia, Sing-apore and Thailand but also four schools — Tengku Mahkota Ismail Sports School, SMK Tun Hussein Onn, SMK Tabuan Jaya and SMK Sri Sentosa — who have athletics training programmes.
The competition is for the Under-13 and Under-14 age group. And each team will have eight representatives — four boys and four girls — in each of the two age groups.
The athletes in the BJSS contingent are Timodius Fidelis, Muhamad Irfan Aiman Mat Hasan, Muhammad Adi Danial Salam, Ibrahim Saldam, Putra Azrul Syazwan Azman, Mohd Qayyum Mohd Izlan, Mohd Nur Iman Faisal Shukri, Muhammad Ridzuwan Mat Kasan, Malisha Nurkamaliah Mustaffa Kamal, Fatinnur Farisya Arman, Amera Shahfiqah Hasan, Amera Shahfizah Hasan, Ling Wen Yi, Munirah Haali, Intan Safinas Samad and R. Kirthana.
Unlike other athletics championships, all the participants will have to take part in all the individual events in the age group.
The five events for the Under-13 are 80m hurdles, high jump, shot putt, long jump and 800m while those in the Under-14 age group will line up for six events — 100m hurdles, high jump, shot putt, 100m, long jump and 800m.
Prizes will be awarded to the individual winners in each events. Points will be awarded and the team with the highest points will be declared the overall champions.
The BJSS teams are coached by K. Shankaralingam and Shahadan Jamaluddin, a former international.
Shankaralingam said the championships were a platform for the athletes who were unable to take part in the Milo-Malaysian Schools Sports Council (MSSM) athletics championships.
“We started the ICE last year. Then we had a team from Singapore and local teams. BJSS emerged as the overall champions,’’ said Shankaralingam.
Some of the athletes had taken part in the Thailand Sports School Carnival and Western Australia Little Athletics championships.
In the ICE, Shankaralingam is once again expecting his charges to make their presence felt in the two-day championships.
“It is a big test to the athletes. They have been training regularly and have shown a lot of progress. The ICE will be the platform for them to match their rivals,’’ said Shankaralingam.