KUALA LUMPUR: The lack of senior competitions has prompted the Amateur Swimming Union of Malaysia (Asum) to introduce an inaugural President's Cup championships, which will be held in Kangar from June 20-22.
Asum secretary Edwin Chong said that they had many competitions for junior but only one for the seniors – the Malaysian Open.
“With just one senior competition a year, we cannot have a good gauge on the performances of the national swimmers,” he said.
“They need to compete in as many competitions as possible to maintain their progress and win place in the squad for the Vietnam SEA Games in December.”
He added that the President's Cup will be a biennial championships and it will be held in the year when there is no Sukma (Malaysia Games).
“Perlis will host an senior-level championships for the first time. For a start it will be an all-local affair and only swimming events will be stage,” said Edwin.
“For the 2005 championships, diving will be included and we may also invite foreign swimmers to take part.”
The Asum president is the Mentri Besar of Perlis, Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim.
The overall champions will receive and Shahidan's Challenge Trophy.
There will also be awards for the best male and female swimmer.