MAAU to send athletes for overseas meets, not training stints

PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Amateur Athletic Union (MAAU) will not send their athletes for overseas training stints any more but instead will increase their participation in national athletes in overseas competitions. 

For a start, the MAAU have decided to send a team for a series of competitions in Spain for a month in July and in Mauritius next month. 

MAAU deputy president Datuk Danyal Balagopal Abdullah said that it was time for the MAAU to groom their athletes in their own backyard. 

“We have identified athletes who have the potentials to win medals at the Manila SEA Games for these overseas competitions. We will name them after the board give their approval,” said Danyal after a development committee meeting on Saturday. 

“The MAAU will stop sending athletes overseas for training stints. It is better to groom our athletes here. We have the facilities.” 

Currently, only Noraseela Khalid is training in Germany. Her stint will end prior to the Doha Asian Games next year.  

“Noraseela is the only exception. Besides getting her ready for the Asiad, she is also taking up sports science there. We want her to become our coach after the Doha stint,” said Danyal. 

“Under our development programme, we have decided to give emphasis on grooming local coaches using foreign expertise. And we want to make sure that all states are involved.” 

On the displays of the athletes in the just concluded national junior meet, Danyal agreed that there was a lack of competitiveness over the two days. 

“The juniors were involved in the MSSM (national schools) meet two weeks ago and it is difficult to expect a lot from the youngsters when championships are held one after another.” 

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