KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Athletics Federation (MAF) today agreed to postpone the Malaysia Open Athletics Championship scheduled to take place at Bukit Jalil next month due to the current Covid-19 situation.
MAF president SM Muthu said the postponement was made after taking various aspects, including the athletes’ and officers’ movements and safety, into consideration.
He said MAF did not want to risk going through with the championship although the nationwide Movement Control Order (MCO) is scheduled to end before the original date of the championship, from June 11 to 13.
Muthu said the last minute postponement will increase pressure on MAF as the organiser.
“We cannot do anything because it involves the current Covid-19 situation, safety is paramount for all athletes. If possible, we want to organise many activities but for the time being, positive cases are rising,” he told Bernama today.
Yesterday, Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin announced the enforcement of the nationwide MCO from tomorrow to June 7 in an effort to curb the spread of Covid-19 in the country.
Meanwhile, Muthu said MAF, who are committed to organising various activities, will meet next month to determine the new date for the championship.
MAF had successfully organised the Malaysia Athletics Grand Prix from April 10 to 11 at the same location, the first competitive championship for the majority of the country’s athletes since Covid-19 swept through the country in March last year.