SEA Games traditional boat race captain pulls out


WITH only 60 days to the SEA Games in Philippines, the Malaysia Canoe Association (MASCA) has encountered a major setback when its traditional boat race captain, Adam Aris withdrew from the competition.

Adam who was also selected to represent the country in the kayak event (MK1 1,000m) made the shocking announcement at a Team Malaysia media conference at the National Sports Council (NSC) yesterday.

The 27-year-old athlete said he was forced to make the decision after being turned off by the crisis in MASCA involving the different opinions between its president Datuk Seri Megat D Shahriman Zaharudin and the executive councillor (exco) in listing the athletes and team manager to SEA Games.

“I am mentally and physically torn and wish to withdraw from both traditional boat race and kayak events as the problems are too complicated. With only such a short period to SEA Games, I do not know of other problems that will emerge after this.

“I am only withdrawing from the SEA Games squad, but will continue preparations for other races if there are opportunities. I will continue with preparations for the Asian Canoe Championship in March next year,” he said.

According to Adam, more of his teammates will be following his footsteps if the Olympic Council of Malaysia, which has yet to make a decision on the list of officers, team manager sent by Megat.

Adam claimed the athletes selected by the exco was the final list after several selection sessions were held according to proper procedures, but Megat’s decision had jeopardised all preparations and plans for the team.

“Our plan is to have training in China, which was decided six months ago.

“Through the plan, we have pledged a medal to the country, but with this crisis, the situation has become complicated and our podium hopes are fading,” he said.