Elyas tells MTA office- bearers to stay away

KUALA LUMPUR: The Sports Commissioner warned former office-bearers of the de-registered Malaysian Taekwondo Association (MTA) yesterday to stay away from the sport, and moved to isolate them from the state bodies and other sports associations. 

Tan Sri Elyas Omar said all the office-bearers were barred from taking part in any activity concerning the sport or forming any committee related to the activity following the de-registration of the national body which became effective on June 6. 

He said in a statement yesterday that anyone violating the prohibition could be fined or jailed. 

The Sports Development Act 1997 provides for a RM5,000 fine plus RM500 for each day that the offence persisted or six months jail or both. 

Elyas advised state taekwondo associations to distance themselves from MTA as they were prohibited from assisting, co-operating with or giving support to the national body. 

State bodies that disobeyed the directive could be suspended or de-registered as well, he added. 

He also asked other sports bodies not to allow their officials or agents to involve themselves in situations that could be construed as providing collaboration, co-operation or support to MTA. 

MTA were de-registered on May 6 by the Sports Commissioner who accused them of obstructing the development of sports in the country. 

They had 30 days to file an appeal to the Youth and Sports Minister but the deadline passed without any being submitted. – Bernama 

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