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OCM cancels M’sian International Marathon

February 11, 2015

IOC Session and SEA Games are priority at the moment, especially the session where global sports officials will discuss related matters.

Marathon_300KUALA LUMPUR: The Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) has decided to cancel the controversial Malaysian International Marathon (MIM) 2015 that was planned at the Batu Kawan Stadium in Penang on May 23-24.

OCM President Tunku Imran Tuanku Ja’afar said the decision was made after taking into account several factors such as OCM’s 34th Annual General Assembly on August 22, the 128th International Olympic Committee (IOC) Session at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre from July 27-August 3 and also the 2015 Singapore SEA Games in June.

Hence, he said they will leave the matter to the elected office bearers of the upcoming assembly either to go ahead or not with the event.

“We made the decision after considering it was not our priority at the moment. So we decided to call off this project but it depends on the new administration of OCM to continue or not,” Tunku Imran told reporters after chairing a four-hour OCM Executive Board Meeting at Wisma OCM, yesterday.

“The IOC Session and SEA Games are our top priority at the moment, especially the session where the top (sports) officials around the world will come here to discuss related matters of international sports.”

The Malaysian Athletics Federation (MAF) President Karim Ibrahim had earlier reported that they would not sanction the run and that any international run organised without the national body’s sanction would incur the wrath of the International Athletics Associations Federation (IAAF).

The OCM had proposed the run which offers RM350,000 as total prize money for the first time, purportedly to collect funds that can assist associations that faced financial problems.

On another note, Tunku Imran said, the exact number of the Malaysian contingent for the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore will be finalized by end of March. He said three national sports associations – athletics, swimming and triathlon have yet to finalise their athletes as they would still be competing in qualifying competitions.



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