Datuk Karim Ibrahim (Bernama file pix)
KUALA LUMPUR, June 13 (Bernama)-- Malaysian Athletics Union (MAU) President, Datuk Karim Ibrahim has stressed that all athletes should strive to qualify on merit to the Asian Games in Indonesia scheduled from Aug 18 to Sept 2.
He said it was not the responsibility of the MAU and the National Sports Council (NSC) to obtain slots for athletes including SEA Games sprint king Khairul Hafiz Jantan to the championship, as athletes should work hard to improve their respective performance to confirm their slots.
"We do not want to marginalise any athletes but we want to bring athletes who could really bring honours to the country in the Asian Games. If the athletes did not qualify after showing good performance and perseverance, we will try to appeal to the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM).
"In the case of the men's 4x100m quartet, we will appeal to OCM as they had ran well in the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast and we are confident they will try to crack the Malaysia record or create a historic time by going under 39 seconds," he said.
To date, only seven national athletes have qualified on merit under category A, namely
Muhammad Hakimi Ismail (triple jump), Muhd Irfan Shamsuddin (discus throw), Nauraj Singh Randhawa, Lee Hup Wei (both high jump), Luqman Hakim Ramlan (long jump), Zaidatul Husniah Zulkifli (100m) and Norliyana Kamaruddin (heptathlon).....