WHAT is the Malaysian Athletics Federation’s plan for the next SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur in 2017?
WHAT is the Malaysian Athletics Federation’s plan for the next SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur in 2017? Hopefully, after our track and field debacle of capturing only three gold medals at the recent Singapore Sea Games, the MAF’s so-called Athletic Blueprint will be implemented urgently by the coaching and development committee. MAF cannot afford to rest on its laurels and hope for miracles to happen like winning the 16 gold medals at the 1997 Jakarta Sea Games. The 1997 Games was a well- planned build-up prior to the Kuala Lumpur 1998 Commonwealth Games, where we had the services of many foreign coaches who laid the foundation work for our local coaches to achieve the results since 1995. MAF president Datuk Karim Ibrahim should seek the services of Jamaican coaches who are the powerhouse in athletics, especially in sprint events with the likes of Usian Bolt, Asafa Powell and upcoming 15-year-old 400m runner Christopher Taylor, who has run 45.27 secs. Jamaica is not a wealthy nation and for many of its athletes, it is an opportunity to run their way out of poverty compared with our athletes, who are given intrinsic and extrinsic benefits yet most are not producing the desired results even with world-class facilities and sports medicine. Does MAF have any concrete talent identification and development programme in place for producing a second generation of athletes? We have a crop of young talents, such as Khairul Hafiz Jantan, 17, who has a personal best of 21.46 secs in the 200m, Shereen Samson Vallobouy, 16, in the 200m and 400m, and high jumper Syazwan Ahmad, who can be trained to become Asian champions in the future provided we have the right coaches who embrace sports science. It will do a world of good if Jamaican coaches are engaged to unearth new talents from our schools and clubs for the Kuala Lumpur Sea Games by 2017 . Time is of essence, MAF.
C. Sathasivam Sitheravellu,Seremban, Negri Sembilan
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