KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Amateur Athletics Union (MAAU) and their affiliates will be sending 378 athletes to the upcoming MiniOlympics with the objective of pitting national and non-national athletes.
MAAU president Datuk Seri Dr Shahidan Kassim said the rationale behind sending a large contingent of track and field athletes was to give all aspiring athletes under their wing a chance to compete in one national competition.
Out of the 378 athletes, 208 are non-national athletes from MAAU’s affiliates (states) while 170 are national senior, back-up and junior athletes.
“They will compete with each other, which is a good platform to prove their potential and talents. It’s a huge contingent to the MiniOlympics and the National Sports Council (NSC) might face accommodation problems. Nevertheless, we (MAAU) on behalf of NSC, will help solve the problem,” said Shahidan.
The inaugural MiniOlympics, from July 29 until Augt 9, is aimed at unearthing medal prospects for the 2012 London Olympic Games.
Athletes from eight national sports associations, namely MAAU, Malaysian
Amateur Swimming Association, Malaysian National Shooting Association, Malaysian National Archery Association, Malaysian Badminton Association, Malaysian Weight Lifting Association, Malaysian Gymnastics Union and Malaysian National Cycling Union are taking part in the meet. — Bernama