KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 11 (Bernama) -- The National Sports Institute (ISN) wants the Malaysian Amateur Athletics Union (MAAU) to understand the former's role and functions in not interfering or taking the role of the National Sports Council in the athletics development and management programme.
ISN director-general Datuk Dr Ramlan Aziz said the institute did not wish to see overlapping and conflicting roles from the two sides which could sour relations with the council (MSN).
"MAAU should understand ISN's role in sport and athletes development. ISN is only managing the development of athletes, prior to becoming second liners.
"We do not want to become victims of the situation between MAAU and MSN. I would not allow it to happen as relations between ISN-MSN are good," he told Bernama here Sunday.
According to recent media reports, MAAU deputy president Karim Ibrahim did not wish to deal with MSN in the athletics development programme and had requested ISN to take on MSN's role.
Nonetheless, MAAU president Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim, when chairing the MAAU Exco meeting in Kangar yesterday, had issued a directive that the union's statements and announcements would only be made by him.
On the matter, Dr Ramlan hoped all parties were clear as he did not want the problem to become a misunderstanding which could be manipulated by other quarters to gain popularity.
"MAAU needs to understand that ISN, as a government body, functions according to the provisions of the act in developing national sports," he said.
However, Dr Ramlan said if MAAU needed assistance on the athletes development programe, ISN was prepared to assist but not out of its purview.
By Ahmad Erwan Othman