Sukma 2020 postponed, M-league also on hold

By TMR

THE 2020 Sukan Malaysia (Sukma) in Johor, which was scheduled to be held on July 11-19, has been postponed to a date to be determined later due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican (picture) said the Malaysian Sports Supreme Council, through video-conferencing, unanimously agreed to the decision.

In a media statement via Bernama, he said the decision was made taking into consideration the main aspect, which is the safety of the athletes, coaches, officers and everyone involved in the event.

Reezal Merican said the Council agreed that the new date will be decided as soon as possible at the next meeting, to be held at the latest in May. Among the choices that have majority support is to move Sukma 2020 to December or to move it to next year.

Meanwhile, Bernama reported that the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) and Malaysian Football League (MFL) have agreed to extend the postponement of the Malaysia League (M-League) now that the Movement Control Order has been extended until April 14.

FAM president Datuk Hamidin Mohd Amin said in a statement yesterday that the postponement, to a date to be set later, involved all FAM and MFL-run competitions and activities following the Covid- 19 pandemic.

These included the Super League, Premier League, FA Cup, Malaysia Cup, Challenge Cup, Amateur Football League, President’s Cup, Youth Cup, M3 League and M4 League.

Hamidin, who is also MFL president, said both parties agreed to find amicable solutions for the affected parties due to the postponement, especially the clubs, players and officials.

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