May 27, 2009


The Malaysian Amateur Athletics Union's (MAAU) executive board has given its deputy president Karim Ibrahim a mandate to discuss the status of its president Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim who is expected to contest for the post of Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) president.

MAAU deputy president Karim Ibrahim said the decision was made during the MAAU executive board meeting last Saturday.

"Although we had initially nominated him for the contest, we (MAAU) want to know whether he was firm on the decision. If he decides to contest, we will back him," he told Bernama when contacted Tuesday.

Shahidan who is also president of the Amateur Swimming Union of Malaysia (ASUM), Kabbadi Association of Malaysia and Perlis Football Association was nominated to contest the OCM president's post currently held by Tan Sri Tunku Imran Tuanku Ja'afar.

When nominations closed last Wednesday, Shahidan who was also nominated by other associations, was the sole contender for the post.

Shahidan who in 2007 was also nominated to challenge Tunku Imran, decided to withdraw weeks before the Annual General Meeting (AGM).

The OCM AGM on May 30 is also expected to see contests for deputy president, vice presidents and assistant secretaries.

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