KUALA LUMPUR: It’s been a freaky Friday as far as the Malaysian Amateur Athletic Union (MAAU) are concerned.
First, national chief coach Hanapiah Nasir fractured four ribs in a motorcycle accident in Genting Highlands.
A few hours later, national 400m runner K. Amran Raj and back-up runner S. Mathialagan were injured after the car they were travelling in crashed into a tree near the LRT station in Bukit Jalil.
MAAU deputy president Karim Ibrahim said yesterday that it was unfortunate that Hanapiah and the two national athletes were involved in accidents on the same day.
Karim said the Perak-born Amran and Mathialagan were travelling in a car, driven by a friend, at about 4.30pm.
“The driver, in trying to avoid hitting a big group of Mat Rempits near the LRT station, lost control of the car and it hit a divider before slamming into a tree,” said Karim.
“Amran, who was sitting next to the driver, injured the sole of his right foot while Mathialagan and the driver escaped with minor injuries.
“All three were taken to a hospital in Serdang before Amran was transferred to a private hospital in Damansara, where he underwent an operation this morning (yesterday).”
Karim expects Amran to be out of action for at least two months.
“We now have a problem sending a 4x400m team to the three Asian Grand Prixs in China and Hong Kong later this month,” said Karim.
The quartet comprises Amran, Mohd Zaiful Zainal Abidin, Mohd Zafril Mohd Zuslani and S. Thipan. The four won the 4x400m gold medal in the 2007 Korat SEA Games.
Amran also clocked his personal best of 47.24 in the 400m at the Games.
Middle distance runner Mathialagan of Johor competed in the Negri Sembilan Open last weekend, where he clocked 1:55.74 to take the bronze in the 800m.