KUALA LUMPUR – The 17-year-old National 100m record held by Sarawakian Watson Nyambek may be return to status quo as doubts have been raised about the record breaking time set by young sprinter Badrul Hisham Abdul Manap at the ASEAN Schools Meet in Brunei last month.
Media reports have emerged that the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) may not recognise the record since the organisers had failed to follow the specifications and requirements set by the international body to rectify a certain record.
Among compulsory requirements for a record to be rectified is the presence of a wind-gauge at the 50m mark of the 100m race and photo finish equipment as proof for the IAAF to endorse the record.
The Malaysian Athletics Union (MAU) President Datuk Karim Ibrahim said a decision can only be made after receiving a report from the Brunei Athletics Association which is expected to meet this week.
“We have to wait for the report from Brunei before making any decision. They (Brunei) will be meeting the ASEAN Schools Games (ASG) secretariat this week,” said Karim when contacted by Bernama.
Badrul Hisham had smashed the 10.30s record held by Watson for 17 years after clocking 10.29s in the final of the ASG in Brunei.
Karim said the Education Ministry’s technical officer for sports who was at the meet need to submit a full report about the achievement of the country’s athletes at the meet.
When a national athlete sets a new National record, the officer need to gather all the relevant information and submit a full report for the MAU to endorse the record.
Karim said the report should include details like the athletics programme for the meet, electronic timing, picture showing the finishing of the race, photo finish and doping result in accordance with the specification set by the IAAF.
“Once the report is received, the report will be tabled at the MAU Council meeting before a decision is made. I am not blaming Badrul or his coach but the technical officer in charge from the education ministry must know all the requirements and procedures,” said Karim.