MAU can’t ditch the NSC for the NSI, says Shahidan

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Athletic Union (MAU) have overruled the proposal of their deputy president Datuk Karim Ibrahim to ditch the NSC for the NSI.

MAU president Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim said after a council meeting in Kangar yesterday that they would continue to work with the National Sports Council (NSC) for the betterment of athletics.

“We cannot sever ties with NSC, who fund our programmes and athletes for overseas training and competitions,” said Shahidan.

Karim, in his e-mail to the media on Friday, had proposed that MAU come under the purview of the National Sports Institute (NSI) instead of the NSC.

Karim wants to cut ties with NSC because of his bad relationship with its director general Datuk Zolkples Embong. The duo have been feuding for over a year to the detriment of the sport. Karim is angry with Zolkples, who has barred him from attending any joint working committee meetings between MAU and NSC.

NSI director general Datuk Dr Ramlan Abdul Aziz has also rejected Karim’s proposal to have the body oversee MAU’s interests.

NSI do not fund athletes for training and competitions. Their expertise is technical and scientific knowledge and they treat athletes who are down with injuries.

“We had a long discussion on the matter at our council meeting today and want to solve it amicably,” Shahidan said yesterday.

“We can’t rely on NSI for funding,” said Shahidan. “That is clearly the responsibility of the NSC.”

Shahidan said they would have a heart-to-heart talk with Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek soon to solve the problem.

Ahmad Shabery had, on Friday, called on MAU to take drastic action to stop the rot. He said winning six gold medals at the SEA Games in Indonesia recently was unsatisfactory as five of them were contributed by senior athletes.

“We need to see where we have gone wrong. Development? Management?

“It was the older athletes such as Noraseela Khalid and Roslinda Samsu who delivered the gold medals,” he said.

“We want to see new faces, the second liners. This is what we hope for at the next SEA Games in Myanmar.”

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