MAKAF meets Sports Commissioner over no confidence vote

KUALA LUMPUR, The Malaysian Karate Federation (MAKAF) have discussed with the Sports Commissioner yesterday to find a solution over the issue of 12 coalition members who launched a vote of no confidence against the parent body.

MAKAF secretary general Datuk Nur Azmi Ahmad said MAKAF had also appointed a lawyer to handle the case.

”I cannot comment too much on the matter because we will be discussing it at the exco meeting on May 24 in Melaka. We will hold a media conference the next day (May 25),” he told reporters after a Number 2/2019 works committee meeting at the National Sports Council (NSC) today.

Prior to this, the 12 coalition members launched a vote of no confidence against the parent body with a proposal to call for an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) in Ipoh, Perak on July 9.

The vote of no confidence was done due to several factors and among their claims was that MAKAF allowed non-coalition members to take part in the national championship in Serdang, Selangor in February which triggered the unhappiness of many quarters.

Another factor for the vote of no confidence were the unconvincing training and championship programmes to help national athletes qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

For the record, MAKAF, since 2010 until today is headed by its president, Tan Sri Mohd Ali Rustam, who beat his challenger, Datuk Clement Soo, in the annualgeneral meeting (AGM), last year.

Meanwhile, Nur Azmi said the achievement of P. Madhuri, who is now ranked first in the world in the women’s Kumite 50 kg under 21 years, gave a good sign that Malaysia was not short of athletes in the game to replace national karata queen Syakilla Salni Jefry Krisnan in the future.

On the 2020 Olympic Games qualification in Tokyo, Nur Azmi said the national athletes had a chance to win tickets to the event, if they are among the top three at the World Championship in Paris from May 8 to 10 next year.

If they fail to do so, the final opportunity would be to emerge champions at the 2020 Asian Championship (date and venue not decided yet) before the World Karate Federation (WKF) picked the two best athletes (a male and female athlete) to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, he added.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)