KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Weightlifting Federation (MWF) have postponed their annual general meeting (AGM)-cum-elections to May.
This is to give way to the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and also the Commonwealth Weightlifting Federation (CWF) AGM-cum-elections, both of which will be held in Australia next month.
MWF acting secretary Abu Hanapah Ismail said the national body have already obtained the approval from the Sports Commissioner’s Office (SCO).
MWF’s AGM was initially scheduled this month.
"A number of officials will be busy at the Commonwealth Games as either jury members or referees while Datuk Ong Poh Eng (MWF incumbent president) will also be going there early, which is why we decided to postpone it," said Abu Hanapah on Tuesday.
"Poh Eng made the appeal to SCO as he is also the president of CWF. There were no objections from the SCO. We, however, must ensure that the AGM is done by the end of May.
"We have also obtained a confirmation letter (on the postponement) from the SCO and will hold an exco meeting in Kuala Lumpur on March 25 to set the date for the AGM.
"An official letter informing our affiliates of the AGM date will be sent after the meeting. Nominations will likely begin from then, there is a 45-day period for that (nomination)."
Poh Eng has held the MWF president's post for two terms since 2012, when he defeated former head Zafarul Akbar Kassim.
Hanapah, however, disclosed that Poh Eng is likely to retain his post in the CWF.
"From my understanding, Poh Eng is not being challenged (for CWF president) but we will have to wait and see until the AGM itself on April 4. He has been nominated by Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand," added Abu Hanapah.
Poh Eng replaced Nauruan Vinson Detenamo as CWF president in 2013, when the latter resigned and was not challenged at the AGM the following year for the 2014-2018 term.