PETALING JAYA: Datuk Syed Aidid Syed Murtaza has decided not to seek re-election as the Malaysian Amateur Athletic Union (MAAU) president.
The incumbent president would have faced a three-cornered fight with Perlis Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim and deputy president Datuk Laksamana Danyal Balagobal.
However, the Penang corporate figure withdrew at the last minute yesterday.
“I have done my part and the time has come for me to give way to a new candidate to take over as MAAU president,” Syed Aidid told a press conference at the MAAU office here yesterday.
The MAAU annual meeting (AGM) and elections will be held at the Dewan Commonwealth in Bukit Jalil today.
Danyal, meanwhile, confirmed that he was going for the presidency and said he was going for broke.
“If I lose the election, I will resign as deputy president as well,” said the 56-year-old Danyal, who has been the deputy president since 2002.
Asked why he was not resigning as deputy president post before the elections, he said that the MAAU constitution was unique in that he did not need to.
“I have worked hard on the 2012 Olympic Games blueprint,” said Danyal when asked of his credentials.
Under the blueprint, the MAAU hope to see at least one Malaysian athlete in a final of the 2012 Olympic Games.
Shahidan, meanwhile, will be going for his third presidency of a sports association. He is also the FA of Perlis president and president of the Amateur Swimming Union of Malaysia (ASUM).
Besides the president post, there will also be contests for a vice-president and two executive board members.
Incumbent vice-president Karim Ibrahim is expected to face former coaching chairman J.V. Jayan in a straight fight while three aspirants are expected to vie for the two available places on the board.
Negri Sembilan AAA secretary S. Chinathamby and FTAAA secretary S. Vegiyathuman, the incumbents, could face Selangor AAA secretary K. Yogesveran.
The post of woman vice-president was retained unopposed by Rajemah Sheikh Ahmad.