TTAM seek postponement of two international tournaments


KUALA LUMPUR: The Table Tennis Association of Malaysia (TTAM) will seek permission and advice from the international bodies to postpone two international tournaments due to the outbreak of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). 

TTAM president Datuk Chan Kong Choy said that the two tournaments were the Second Asian Veteran Championship which Malaysia is scheduled to host from on June 22-27 and the Malaysian Open on Aug 7-10. 

“There are a lot of uncertainties due to the SARS outbreak. We've got calls from some countries to postpone the Asian Veteran Championship and we have decided to seek the Asian Table Tennis Union's (ATTU) permission to postpone the event,” he said after chairing the TTAM executive council meeting, here. 

Chan said Malaysia had also decided to pull out from the Ninth Southeast Asian Junior Championship in Manila from April 22 to 25 due to the SARS outbreak. 

“We discussed it thoroughly today (yesterday) and decided not to send our players to Manila. As the SEATTA (South East Asia Table Tennis Association) president, I also advise Manila to postpone the event,” he said. 

As for the Malaysian Open, which is also an International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) Pro Tour event, the TTAM would seek advice from the world body on whether or not to postpone it, he said. 

“The Singapore Open, which will be held a week after the Malaysian Open, has been postponed by the organisers and now we are seeking advice from the ITTF on whether we should postpone it or otherwise,” he added. – Bernama  

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