Wednesday, January 26, 2011

FTAAA Cross Country 2011 - Malay Mail and theStar

Kohilan overcomes illness to win

Vijhay Vick
Monday, January 24th, 2011 09:46:00

KUALA LUMPUR: A bout of flu and cough did not prevent Kohilan Veeraragavan from winning the 26th Federal Territory Amateur Athletic Association (FTAAA) Cross-Country at Padang Merbok yesterday.

Kohilan stopped the clock at 34.35s to win the men's junior event. The Seremban lad joined several other runners from his home State Negeri Sembilan as they dominated the men's open and men's junior category.

"I felt sick in the morning. I started to cough and had flu when I woke up," said Kohilan. "The thought of not competing did cross my mind. I thought I would not have been able to give my best but my dad told me to just give it a try.

"It was only after completing my pre-run warm up that I felt better."

In the men's open category, Jenathanan Pannerselvam, from Port Dickson, finished first with a time of 38.22s, followed by former national long distance runner Arul Thever Muniandy (40.01s).

Arul's younger brother, Murali@Arasu Muniandy finished third. In the women's open category, policewoman Noor Amelia Musa came out tops followed by Sheela Samivellu and Goh Li Thing, while the junior category saw Intan Shafinal Rohimi finish first with Nurul Nadira Zaim and Rina Fadhlin Syahmina Abas in second and third respectively.

Janarthanan jets to victory

Photos by BRIAN MOH

YOUNGSTER P. Janarthanan stole the show at the Milo-Federal Territory Amateur Athletics Association (FTAAA) Open cross country championships at the Padang Merbok in Kuala Lumpur recently.

The 19-year-old Janarthanan completed the 8.3km distance in an impressive time of 38:22 ahead of former international and veteran road runner M. Arulthevar (40:00) and M. Murali (40:10).

Although Janarthanan crossed the finishing line almost two minutes before Arulthevar, the former said it was a close battle.

Read more at theStar

FTAAA told to focus on junior development initiatives


IT WAS a chance for the Federal Territory Amateur Athletic Association (FTAAA) to showcase the colourful programmes in their 2011 calendar line-up.

Instead, they got a wake-up call when two prominent figures from the sports fraternity hit out at their flaws in setting up their junior development initiatives.

The honest duo were Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Ministry deputy-secretary general Datuk Bakaruddin Othman and Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) secretary Datuk Sieh Kok Chi.

Both were apologetic for hurting the feelings of their comrades but they said it had to be done.

Read more at theStar

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