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Wednesday, 1 February 2012

FTAAA to hold relays as tribute to former president

THE Federal Territories Amateur Athletics Association (FTAAA) have taken another step in the promotion and development of athletics by organising a relays competition.

The FTAAA-Milo Relays, with three legs, is a tribute to Tan Sri Mohd Amin Osman, who after serving as FTAAA president for 27 years, stepped down recently. The venue for the three legs is the Kuala Lumpur Football Stadium. The first leg will be on March 3, second on April 21 and the third on June 17.

The events in the relays are 4x100m for the Under-12, Under-15, Under-18 and Open — for both men and women; 4x200m for the Under-15 age groups (boys and girls); 4x400m (Under-18 and Open) for men and women; 4x800m (Under-18 boys).

The exciting event will be the medley where each team will comprise two men and two women. The first and second runner will run 200m; the third 400m and the anchor 800m.

Prizes will be given to the top three teams in each leg. After the third leg, the top eight teams, according to the accumulated points, will be awarded medals. Cash prizes will be given to the top three teams in the overall standings. The overall champions will receive the Tan Sri Mohd Amin Challenge trophy.

FTAAA secretary S. Vegiyathuman said the relays were included in their 2012 calendar to create more opportunities for athletes.

“The relays are the most exciting event in athletics. When we proposed this idea, the feedback was encouraging. We have come out with guidelines to make the relays interesting and exciting,’’ said Vegiyathuman.

The organisers are expecting clubs, associations and schools in the Klang Valley to make the relays a success. Points will be awarded to the teams in each leg.

Vegiyathuman said they were working on a mechanism of awarding the points, cash awards and entry fee per team.

“We are making an early announcement as we want the teams to be prepared. We have initiated the relays to attract the crowd to the stadium. The success of the relays will very much depend on the participating teams,’’ he said.

..from Aiman Cheah. Source - TheStar.

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