MAAU decide to give world indoor meet wildcard to sprinter Norjannah

KUALA LUMPUR: Sprinter Norjannah Hafiszah Jamaluddin will be Malaysia’s sole representative in the world indoor athletics championships, which begin today in Doha.

The Malaysian Amateur Athletic Union (MAAU) deputy president, Karim Ibrahim, said that none of the national athletes qualified on merit for the championships.

“High jumper Lee (Hup Wei) was supposed to compete in the meet but because he fared miserably in the Asian indoor meet in Iran last month, we decided to send Norjannah instead as our wildcard entry,” he said.

The world governing body, IAAF, grant a wildcard to a country with no qualifiers for the championships. Olympian Hup Wei, who holds the national record of 2.27m, recorded a poor 2.05m in the Asian meet for 13th place.

Karim added that they chose Norjannah to compete in Doha because she had showed promise of a bright future.

“She clocked a personal best of 11.82 in the Laos SEA Games last December and she deserves to get the chance to compete in world indoor meet,” he said. “Although she has no experience running in the 60m event, I am confident she will be able to clock a good time.”

The 23-year-old Norjannah said that she was excited to be given a chance to take part in the meet.

“This will be the first time that I will compete in the 60m dash and I will give my best in Doha,” said the Penangite.

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