Tuesday, 21 April 2009

Malaysian sport mourns former athletics champion

19 Apr 2009
The Executive Board and Council of the Olympic Council of Malaysia and its affiliates express their deepest condolences to the family of the late Tuan Haji Kamaruddin Maidin. The late Tuan Haji Kamaruddin Maidin represented Malaya in the long jump at the 1960 Rome Olympic Games, together with Y.Bhg. Datuk Dr. M. Jegathesan and Y.Bhg. Datuk Shahruddin Ali.

He was the national long jump and triple jump champion and record holder for many years. At the Southeast Asia Peninsular (SEAP) Games he was the gold medalist and record holder in the long jump from 1959 to 1967 and the gold medalist in the triple jump in 1965 and silver medalist in 1967. He represented Malaysia in the 1962 and 1966 Asian Games held in Jakarta and Bangkok respectively.

After he retired from competition, the late Tuan Haji Kamaruddin Maidin became an athletics coach and official and was instrumental in coaching a couple of his six sons to be national athletes.

He and his wife, Puan Hajah Rajemah Hj. Sheikh Ahmad, who is also a former national athlete, having participated in the Asian Games and being a medalist in the SEAP Games, have been very active in developing athletics in the late Tuan Haji Kamaruddin Maidin’s home state of Terengganu. Their hard work has made Terengganu State one of the strongest states in Malaysia in athletics.

The demise of the late Tuan Haji Kamaruddin Maidin is a great loss to Malaysian sport, especially to athletics.

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