Zainal Abas resigns as athletics chief coach

Zainal Abas. (Bernama pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: National athletics chief coach Zainal Abas yesterday resigned from the post which he had held for more than three years.

In his resignation letter addressed to the Malaysian Athletics Federation (MAF), Zainal said he wanted to concentrate on his job as director of the Sports, Co-curriculum and Arts Division in the education ministry.

“First, let me congratulate SM Muthu on his election as the new president of the MAF. I would also like to thank MAF for their trust in allowing me to hold the national athletics chief coach post for more than three years.

“I hereby wish to inform Muthu and MAF that I’m resigning from my post with effect from July 1, 2019,” the letter read.

As the chief athletics coach, Zainal had guided athletes to break national records 37 times in 17 events.

Under his guidance, sprinter Zaidatul Husniah Zulkefli last year became only the second Malaysian woman to enter the Commonwealth Games 100m semifinals while the men’s 4x100m quartet also created history by qualifying for the men’s relay final in Gold Coast, Australia.