10 nations confirm competing in KL Marathon


KUALA LUMPUR: Ten countries have confirmed their participation in the 2003 Kuala Lumpur International Marathon, which begins and ends at the Dataran Merdeka on Feb 16. 

The deputy chairman of the organising committee, Datuk Halijah Othman, who is also the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) deputy director-general (administration and services), said that runners from Zambia, Poland, Belarus, Ethiopia, Kyrgyzstan, Thailand, Singapore, India, Kenya and Kazakhstan would participate in the full marathon. 

Halijah told a press conference yesterday that she expected more foreigners to submit their entries before the closing date on Feb 3. 

“We are targeting 197 foreign participants compared with only 100 last year,” she said. 

Halijah added that to date 689 local entries had confirmed participation but most of them would compete in the half marathon. 

For the school category, at least 5,000 students in the Klang Valley are expected to take part. 

“We’re not worried about the slow response from the participants because entries are still open until Feb 3 ... it has become a habit among Malaysians to submit their entries at the very last minute,” said Halijah. – Bernama 

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