OCM cancel controversial marathon race

KUALA LUMPUR: The Olympic Coun­cil of Malaysia (OCM) have decided to cancel the controversial Malaysian International Marathon (MIM) that was planned at the Batu Kawan Stadium in Penang from May 23-24.

OCM president Tunku Tan Sri Imran Tuanku Ja'afar said the decision was made after taking into account several factors such as OCM's 34th Annual General Assem­bly on Aug 22, the 128th International Olympic Committee (IOC) Session at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre from July 27-Aug 3 and the Singapore SEA Games in June.

“We made the decision after considering it (MIM) was not our priority at the moment. So we decided to call off this project but it depends on the new administration of OCM to continue or not,” Tunku Imran said.

“The IOC Session and SEA Games are our top priority at the moment,” he added.

Earlier, the Malaysian Athletics Federation (MAF) president Datuk Karim Ibrahim said they would not sanction the run and that any in­­ter­national run organised without the MAF’s sanction would incur the wrath of the International Asso­cia­tion of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

The OCM had proposed the run to raise funds for the 57 national sports associations (NSAs). — Bernama
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