KUALA LUMPUR – Sprinter S. Komalam Shally was dropped from the SEA Games athletics squad due to repeat of indiscipline offence, said team manager Datuk Salim Parlan.
He said the decision to drop the runner from the SEA Games squad was made after taking views from various parties including the Malaysian Athletics Federation (MAF) president, officials and national coaches for the benefit of the team.
Due to the decision, Malaysia will only have one representative in the women’s 200 metres (m) event, which will be Zaidatul Husniah Zulkifli at the biennial Games scheduled from Aug 22-26 at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium here although a country is allowed to field two representatives in every event.
Salim said the decision would not affect the national squad’s performance in the women’s 4x100m relay as she was dropped from the relay team since returning from the 22nd Asian Athletics Championship in India in mid-July.
“She was dropped for the benefit of the team because we felt that nobody, including me, is bigger than the team. It is not based on a single incident, we have given her many chances before that.