Wednesday, October 13, 2010

MAAU take chance on Yuvaraaj to shine in Guangzhou

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KUALA LUMPUR: National 400m runner P. Yuvaraaj did not qualify on merit for the Asian Games but he will get to compete in Guangzhou as a Category B athlete in the Malaysian contingent.
National chief coach Harun Rasheed said that the Malaysian Amateur Athletic Union (MAAU) were willing to bear the expenses for Yuvaraaj’s participation in the Games because of his potential to become a good athlete in the event.
The MAAU will get a reimbursement for the expenses from the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) if the 21-year-old Kedahan, who is training in Jamaica under former world 400m champion Bert Cameron since August, win a medal in Guangzhou.
“He showed progress in local competitions since last year and has a personal best of 47.24. And with the three months of high level of training and competitions in Jamaica, I believe he has the chance to clock a good time in Guangzhou,” said Harun, who expects Yuvaraaj to dip below 47 seconds.
Yuvaraaj was to compete in the Delhi Commonwealth Games but he withdrew to concentrate on his preparations for the Asiad.
With the inclusion of Yuvaraaj, Malaysia will have a seven-member athletics team for the Asiad.
The others have qualified on merit. They are high jumper Lee Hup Wei, pole vaulter Roslinda Samsu and the women’s 4x100m team comprising Norjannah Hafiszah Jamaluddin, Siti Sarah Abdul Kadir, Yee Yi Ling and Siti Zubaidah Adabi.
Harun added that all the athletes except for Yuvaraaj, would compete in the national championships at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil on Oct 30 and 31.
“This will be their last competition before they leave for Guangzhou on Nov 17,” said Harun.

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