Skip to main content

Klang run 'illegal', says Sports Commissioner

UPDATE (Dec 11; 11.58am): Sporting events approved by Sports Commissioner's Office will be posted on the Youth and Sports Ministry's website starting Dec 14, as revealed by the Sports Commissioner in her statement today. I'm glad the last point of my observation (as per posting right below) has been addressed.

---


UPDATE (10.57pm): A Twitter user had sent me a link by the organiser of the Klang Heritage Marathon 2017. It states that the marathon has been "postponed to Oct 14, 2018" and that they have been victims of fake news and will lodge reports with the authorities against materials with elements of defamation or fake news. Read the full statement, posted on Dec 2, here.

---
ORIGINAL POST

Screenshot of FMT's report.
A Klang City International Marathon 2017 pacer suffered serious injuries after she and two others were hit by a car

Turns out that the organiser of this morning's event, Earth Runners International Group Sdn Bhd, DID NOT submit any application to the Sports Commissioner's Office.

Sports Commissioner Datuk Zaiton Othman, had at 8.48pm clarified, she did not receive any application for this morning's run from the organiser. She described the race as "illegal".

She earlier told this writer her office, had on Nov 14, received an application to host a run in Klang.

"It was in fact the organiser of another run in Klang ... the Klang Heritage Marathon 2017 scheduled next week who had submitted the application  (on Nov 14) but I rejected it. 

"The event where three runners were hit this morning ... no, we did not receive any application from the organiser and the organiser will have to face the music," she said.

According to Zaiton, the Klang Heritage Marathon 2017 was rejected because:
a. it is not sanctioned by the national body (Malaysian Athletic Federation).
b. does not have sound financial capabilities.
c. has a bad record of organising previous runs including the Sarawak Marathon, AMMetlife 2017 and the KK Marathon 2017.

The run is apparently supported by police and has an official mineral water partner, as seen in this link




Article 36 to the Sports Development Act 1997 states: "A company shall not involve itself in any sporting activity or activity related to sports- unless it is licensed to do so by the Commissioner."

Prior the second conversation with Zaiton, I had in the afternoon tweeted:





I do hope the powers-that-be take note of the tweets above (especially the second tweet - observations) and not forget about this matter in days to come.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

What went wrong with KL SEA Games?

145 gold medals.
It's the best Team Malaysia has ever achieved since the inception of the SEAP Games in1959.
The 29th edition of the SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur ended yesterday. The opening ceremony dazzled those at the stands and viewers at home while the performances during the closing ceremony yesterday jogged plenty of musical memories to many.
Our athletes, the real superheroes, brought smiles through their heroic display. They made everyday a happy day.
Kudos to the officials - from the coaches, the National Sports Institute and National Sports Council - for their hard work in ensuring our athletes perform to their best.
But it was not all memorable.
From

'World fashion disaster' in KL

World Fashion Week Asia 2017 ended over the weekend.

And the launch on Friday at Palace of the Golden Horses at Mines Resort City just outside Kuala Lumpur turned out to be a forgettable night.

Why?

It was poorly organised.

Just as many are trying to get over the nightmare witnessed throughout the KL SEA Games, the organiser of World Fashion Week Asia 2017 has made it look like Malaysians seem to have lost it when it comes to hosting major events and hospitality.

Here's why.

Royal protocol ignored

1. The Sultanah of Terengganu Sultanah Nur Zahirah was invited to grace the event.
    a. There was no holding room for the Sultanah and VIPs accompanying her.
    b. The Sultanah was invited on stage without anyone accompanying her there (a big NO NO if anyone knows protocol involving royalty).
    c. The event dragged on till 11.30pm, way past the cut off point of the very many events I've attended with members of the royal family present.
   d. The Sultanah was forced to walk all t…