KUALA LUMPUR: The athletics season in Kuala Lumpur will begin with the annual FTKLAA-Milo Cross Country run next Sunday at Padang Merbok ahead of a busy year in the lead up to the Malaysia Games in Perlis.
The Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur Athletics Association will hold a trial to select a squad for the Malaysia Games on March 15-16 at the National Sports Complex training track in Bukit Jalil.
Only athletes aged below 21 years are eligible to compete at the Malaysia Games, where the athletics events will be held on May 29 to June 1.
Following the trials, the selected athletes will get a chance to warm up for the Games by competing in the FTKLAA Championships in Bukit Jalil on April 5-6.
FTKLAA’s flagship event, the All-Comers meet, will then follow on May 3 and 4 in Bukit Jalil which will be the final avenue for the Federal Territories Malaysia Games athletes to fine tune their preparations.
The cross country run will allow selectors to gauge the fitness level of senior athletes and act as an introduction programme for young boys and girls to take up running as a sport.
Several middle and long distance running clinics and circuits have also been scheduled in order to identify talent in the disciplines.
The first of these clinics is on Feb 9 at the Botanical Park in Lake Gardens with the second and third circuits to be held on May 18 and Sept 7 respectively at the same venue.
In a bid to produce a successor to Kuala Lumpur and national walker Lo Choon Sieng, a former Sea Games gold medalist, FTKLAA will hold three races as part of its walk circuit.
The circuits are scheduled for Feb 23, April 20 and May 24, all at the Botanical Park.
In a bid to encourage children to take up athletics, FTKLAA will organise a championship for athletes aged 13 to 15 years on March 9 at the Bukit Jalil training track.
FTKLAA honorary secretary S. Vegiyathuman also expressed his concern over the staging of non-sanctioned athletic events in the city.
“Many running events have been scheduled without the knowledge of MAF (Malaysian Athletics Federation) and state athletic bodies,” he said.
“In order to avoid clashes of dates and the run to be officially recognised, we advise event organisers to get in touch with MAF or the state athletic bodies for inclusion of their dates into the national athletics calendar for 2014.”
The FTKALL Throws and Jumps Championships on Oct 12 will conclude the association’s activities for the year.