Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Mayhem in Mannheim
Mannheim, a place in Germany that has a footy club called Waldhof. The name will instantly click with football purists or those who used to follow Football Made In Germany in the 70s and 80s. But football is not the issue here.
A group of Malaysian track and field starlets currently based in Mannheim claim they are tightening their belts due to budget constraints. The insufficient funds have clearly left a negative impact on their performance.
When I asked Malaysian Amateur Athletics Union (MAAU) vice-president Karim Ibrahim about it, he said the national body had asked the National Sports Council a budget of 23,000euros to finance the trip but the government agency had only approved 80 percent of the sum.
NSC's international preparations chief, Arrifin Ghani, responded by saying said the budget was approved on the basis of MAAU's costing of 65euros per head from July 10 to Aug 8.
There's one particular chap of Arab descent who is supposedly co-ordinating the programme in Mannheim.
Now can the authorities tell me who is Khalid Al Qawati?
The athletes pitching their tent in Mannheim in their bid to qualify for the World Championship in Berlin next month are quartermiler Zaiful Zainal Abidin, hammer thrower Tan Song Hwa, middle-distance specialist Jironi Riduan, hurdlers Rayzamshah Sofian and Noraseela Mohd Khalid.