Two chal­lengers to take on NAAM pres­i­dent Yazid at AGM

New Straits Times - - Sport -

THE Na­tional Archery As­so­ci­a­tion of Malaysia (NAAM) will see a three-way bat­tle for the pres­i­dent’s post at their an­nual gen­eral meet­ing at Kam­pung Pan­dan Sports Com­plex to­mor­row.

Deputy de­fence min­is­ter Datuk Seri Mohd Jo­hari Ba­harum and for­mer NAAM hon­orary sec­re­tary Mej (rtd) Ba­harud­din Jamil have been nom­i­nated to take on in­cum­bent pres­i­dent Yazid Yahya.

The Kedah Archery As­so­ci­a­tion (KAA), one of five NAAM af­fil­i­ates orig­i­nally barred from at­tend­ing the meet­ing, nom­i­nated Jo­hari in a bid to oust Yazid from of­fice.

“We be­lieve that nom­i­nat­ing Datuk Seri Jo­hari for the pres­i­dent’s post is the right move due to his ex­pe­ri­ence in lead­ing sports as­so­ci­a­tions in the past,” said KAA pres­i­dent Datuk Hamid Hasan yes­ter­day.

“If he is elected, we hope he can raise the level of Malaysian archery and NAAM to where it once was.”

Jamil has a wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence in archery hav­ing been in­volved in the sport for over 20 years, in­clud­ing serv­ing as hon­orary vice-pres­i­dent of World Archery Asia and the board of jus­tice and ethics of World Archery.

NAAM had been faced with a re­volt af­ter the Kedah, Ne­gri Sem­bi­lan, Perlis and Tereng­ganu as­so­ci­a­tions and the Malaysian Univer­si­ties Sports Coun­cil were threat­ened with sus­pen­sion.

The sus­pen­sion threat stemmed from the fail­ure of the five af­fil­i­ates to at­tend last year’s an­nual gen­eral meet­ing in Au­gust.

They had all at­tended the first meet­ing in May which the Sports Com­mis­sioner's Of­fice sub­se­quently an­nulled, lead­ing to the sec­ond meet­ing in Au­gust.

NAAM agreed to re­voke the sus­pen­sion no­tices in Fe­bru­ary fol­low­ing ar­bi­tra­tion by the Olympic Coun­cil of Malaysia.

Ah­mad Zaini and Zainal Bidin are vy­ing to re­place Chong Yap Jin as deputy pres­i­dent while in­cum­bent Tok Hashim Sarudin will be chal­lenged by Sham­suldin Ibrahim, Zamzaini Zolk­effi and Jo­hari Abu Bakar for three vi­cepres­i­dent po­si­tions.

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