SEREMBAN: Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin has had enough of the rift between the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) and the Malaysian Athletics Federation (MAF) and has asked them to meet to sort things out.
He said this was because OCM and MAF should not be fighting over one sporting event – the organising of the Malaysian International Marathon (MIM) 2015.
“So, I’m asking them to talk it over nicely and to find a win-win solution for this situation.
“I want them to set aside their personal issues and discuss on how to ensure success of the event,” Khairy told reporters.
Khairy said this in response to OCM’s decision to host the MIM on May 23-24 at the Batu Kawan Stadium in Penang even without the event being sanctioned by the MAF as the governing body of athletics.
The MAF was reported to have asked for RM3 million from OCM to be paid to the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) as labour cost to organise the event that would be held for the first time in conjunction with OCM’s 60th anniversary.
OCM vice-president Datuk Danyal Balagopal Abdullah was also reported as saying that they did not need MAF’s consent to organise the event since the Youth and Sports Ministry, Penang Athletics Association and the Penang state government had given their nod.