KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian Athletics Federation (MAF) president Datuk Karim Ibrahim has chided sprints coach Poad Kassim for throwing in the towel ahead of the Philippines SEA Games in November.
Karim cited Poad’s statement to the media that Khairul Hafiz Jantan, who won the gold in Kuala Lumpur two years ago, will have a tough time in Manila due to the presence of Indonesian sprinter Lalu Muhammed Zohri who clocked 10.03 in Osaka recently.
“Poad has already surrendered and believes we will not be able to defend the 100m,” said Karim after attending a working council meeting with the National Sports Council at Bukit Jalil yesterday.
“As coach, I do not think that is the right thing to do as it will affect the athletes’ morale.
“There might be some truth to it, but ethically it is not right.
“We should not surrender without a fight.”
Meanwhile, MAF and National Sports Council (NSC) confirmed that they are trying to rope in American Dwayne Miller to assume the role of head sprints coach.
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