Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) is not allowed to organise any sporting championships including the 2015 Malaysian International Marathon (MIM) on May 23 and 24 at Batu Kawan Stadium, Penang, said Malaysian Athletics Federation (MAF) president Datuk Karim Ibrahim.
He said as a national sports administering body, OCM should assist national sports associations in supporting sporting events and not as an organiser.
He stressed that the International Amateur Athletics Federation (IAAF) regulations clearly state that any local athletics championships should first obtain the greenlight from MAF.
“There are no provisions for OCM to conduct sporting events such as MIM as it is related to athletics which is under the purview of MAF.
“Should they wish to continue with the marathon, we will consider it as an illegal event,” he told reporters after attending a meeting with the National Sports Council (NSC) at NSC’s office in Bukit Jalil today.
OCM vice-president, Datuk Danyal Balagopal Abdullah on Thursday was reported as saying that they would proceed with the marathon without the support of MAF.
At the same time, Karim also rejected Danyal’s statement which alleged OCM had held a meeting with MAF officers to obtain their support for the event.
Asked whether they would take OCM to court to stop the event, Karim said: “I have to discuss with my council (members) first. – Bernama, January 10, 2015.