PETALING JAYA: Datuk Zaiton Othman (pic) has retired as the Sports Commissioner.
The former national heptathlete has helmed the position since Feb 1, 2015.
The news was confirmed by the Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman yesterday.
“We would like to thank Datuk Zaiton for her services. She has done an extraordinary job for the ministry,” he said.
“We are currently looking for a replacement. Most probably, a former athlete will also hold the position.”
Zaiton, who hails from Penang, participated in the heptathlon and 400m and was called “Iron Woman” during her heyday.
She won the national Female Athlete of the Year in 1982 and won five gold medals in three SEA Games (1981, 1983 and 1989).
She was also part of the quartet that broke the Asian record in the women’s 400m relay at the 1981 Asian Track and Field Championships in Tokyo.Zaiton started her career with the National Sports Council (NSC) as a sports officer in 1989 and also served as a Sports Psychology Officer at the National Sports Institute from 1992 to 2000 before returning to NSC. — Bernama