KUALA LUMPUR (BERNAMA) – The Malaysian Athletics Federation (MAF) plans to organise the Malaysia Open Athletics Championship in early January 2021 as a platform for national athletes to make early preparations before participating in several sporting events next year.
MAF President S M Muthu said the parent body would continue to monitor the current situation of the COVID-19 pandemic before deciding whether the championship would be held or not.
“Barring any problem, we will also invite some Asian countries to participate in the championship, but we need to look at the situation. If it does not permit, we will probably hold a domestic championship only involving national athletes to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection among the local athletes and officials,” he told Bernama.
MAF had organised a domestic tournament last month to test the current performance of the national athletics squad.
Muthu was previously reported to have said that MAF had planned to hold the Malaysia Open from December 11-13, apart from the ‘National Under Distance Trials’ on November 7, but both championships had to be cancelled.