KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Paduka Mumtaz Jaafar (pic) is the new deputy president of the Malaysian Athletics Federation (MAF) after her challenger Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim withdrew a day before the election scheduled today.
Shahidan, a former MAF president, in a letter stated that he decided not to contest as he is satisfied with the changes made in the MAF.
Mumtaz is the first woman to hold the post since the association was set up in 1906.
Asked whether she was surprised at Shahidan’s pullout, Mumtaz said that she expected it.
“I thank Shahidan for giving me the chance to serve as the deputy president,” said the former sprinter yesterday.
“It’s an honour not only for me but for all women in sports. I will do my utmost to carry out my duties well and I will place more emphasis on women athletes,” said Mumtaz, who has been the MAF vice-president for a number of years.
The 100m runner represented Malaysia since she was 16 in 1997 and her last competition was at the 1989 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur.
Mumtaz, who is also the Olympic Council of Malaysia vice-president, received her coaching certificate in 2000 and trained former national sprinter Watson Nyambek.
In today’s election, deputy president M.A. Muthu will take on incumbent Datuk Karim Ibrahim for the president’s post.
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