It will be a dash as athletes have three months to qualify for Tokyo

KUALA LUMPUR: National athletes would most likely be able to compete in Olympics qualifying tournaments by March next year.

The period is more than three months after the qualifying period resumes last Tuesday until June 29.

National athletics squad head coach Mohd Manshahar Abd Jalil said all plans involving national athletes would depend on the current pandemic situation by early next year.

“Currently we cannot organise tournaments, and have not received invitation to any meets for 2021. We expect March to June to be a busy period, ” said Manshahar.

“We also hope that the Malaysia Open can be held early next year to give our athletes the opportunity to earn qualifying points. If the situation gradually improves, then we can carry out more systematic planning.

The Malaysia Athletics Federation (MAF) had earlier postponed the Malaysian Open to next year and decided to hold only a simulation tournament from Dec 12-13.

Manshahar said discuss thrower Mohd Irfan Shamsuddin and high jumper Nauraj Singh Randhawa (pic) who are currently training in Europe would also wait until the tournament is held again next March.

“They are undergoing conditioning now. Due to the winter season in Europe, only indoor tournaments will be held at the beginning of the year, before outdoor tournaments could be held, ” he explained. — Bernama

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