MAF chas­ing af­ter marathon or­gan­is­ers

New Straits Times - - Sport -

THE Malaysia Athletics Fed­er­a­tion (MAF) said they will seek le­gal ad­vice if the or­gan­is­ers of the Belt and Road China Malaysia Marathon Kuala Lumpur fail to com­ply with MAF’s guide­lines.

MAF pres­i­dent Datuk Karim Ibrahim said the fed­er­a­tion had sent two letters, dated March 3 and May 3 on a re­quest for sanc­tion fees.

Karim said if the or­gan­is­ers did not re­spond by the end of this month, MAF will seek le­gal coun­sel.

“We just ask for their co­op­er­a­tion, we do not want to clash heads with any­one, any agen­cies or even the min­istry,” said Karim.

“We are just look­ing for a so­lu­tion through this agree­ment be­cause the sanc­tion fees are to be used for the pur­pose of de­vel­op­ment.”

In the letters, MAF had given the event or­gan­is­ers two op­tions in sanc­tion fees pay­ment: a lump sum pay­ment or pay­ment per head (on the num­ber of par­tic­i­pant in the marathon).

Karim said the Chi­nese Athletics As­so­ci­a­tion have no rights to in­ter­fere in the mat­ter as MAF are the sole athletics gov­ern­ing body in Malaysia as stated clearly in the con­sti­tu­tion and at­tested to by the In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Athletics Fed­er­a­tions.

“The China AA has no rights to get in­volved in or­gan­is­ing a marathon in this coun­try, they have to com­ply.”

Karim does not want this in­ci­dent to open the flood­gates for fu­ture marathon or­gan­is­ers to avoid pay­ing sanc­tion fees.

“One thing is clear, if Stan­dard Char­tered (KL Marathon) can pay then why can’t they?”

The marathon, sched­uled for Oct 1, is said to be or­gan­ised by Wis­dom Sports Group from China and is re­ported to gen­er­ate an es­ti­mated RM40 mil­lion, tar­get­ing some 20,000 par­tic­i­pants. Farah Azharie

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