Dragon boat club calls for more transparency in MASCA selections
Last Update: 06/10/2019
GEORGE TOWN, Oct 6 -- The Malaysia Canoe Association (MASCA) was told today to buck up when conducting future selection sessions, after it was accused of botching the last one held to select the team that would represent the country at the 30th SEA Games in the Philippines.
Pacific West Dragon Boat Club team captain, Muhammad Shazwan Zainuddin, whose team represented Malaysia at the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia, claimed there were issues concerning the recent trial, and they are now forced accept that the Kuala Lumpur team would be representing the country in the Philippines.
According to Muhammad Shazwan, the second of two sessions organised recently was very unfair to his team, who had won the first session but lost the second one.
"We respect MASCA's decision to select a team to represent the country but we want a change on how selections are being held and to make it fair to all teams involved," he told reporters when met in Tanjung Bungah here today.
Muhammad Shazwan said in the first selection session in Putrajaya on April 6, his team emerged winners from nine participating teams, but was not informed that only one round of competition will be held in the second session on July 6, where the winner of the second session would be automatically selected for the SEA Games.
He noted that during the first selection session in Putrajaya, the organiser used a competition format, including a semi-final and final stage to determine the winner.
The top two teams in the first selection qualified for the second selection session in Penang, where there was only one race to determine the winner, he said.
"We hope MASCA, the Olympic Council of Malaysia and the National Sports Council will review the selection process and hope this kind of situation would not be repeated in future selections," he said, adding that his team had trained over four hours a day for six months in preparation for the SEA Games selections.
He noted that the club, which has 45 members, was established 20 years ago and was coached by experienced trainer, Lawrence Koh.
"We are currently training for the ICF Dragon Boat World Cup in Ningbo, China beginning Nov 2," he added.