Multiple shots have been fired, yet Malaysia Athletics Federation (MAF) officials tasked with safeguarding the national athletes and the athletics scene seem to be stuck at the starting blocks and comfortable being placed in such an awkward position.
Coaches must be given priority to accompany athletes to major competitions, especially for something as big as the Olympics.
Malaysia Athletics Federation president Datuk S.M. Muthu downplays recent spat between national discus thrower Irfan Shamsuddin and general manager Anthony Samy, insisting there’s “no problem” between the two.
National Sports Council athletes division director Jefri Ngadirin says coaches, not officials, should accompany athletes to the Olympics as the Malaysia Athletics Federation plans to send an official to join high jumper Lee Hup Wei to Tokyo.