Tribute and new authorities
Lausanne (SUI) / FIG Office, June 6, 2013: On March 16, in the chambers of Kuala Lumpur’s Olympic Council of Malaysia, the Malaysian Gymnastics Federation statutorily convened its annual General Assembly. First on the order of the day was the election of national authorities for the 2013 and 2014 fiscal years.
Outgoing President Dr Zakaria Hj Ahmad had informed the Assembly of his decision to take his leave, explaining that the time had come to step down after 35 years of service.
Dr Ahmad was a key player in the development of gymnastics in Malaysia and throughout Asia. He has held numerous posts and is active on various commissions and working groups that pursue awareness among political and sport authorities in the areas of physical education, health and wellness.
Throughout his career he has been active in the Asian Gymnastics Union as an authority member. At the Congress in Marrakech (MAR) in 2000, he was elected to the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) Council, a position he would hold until his retirement in 2008.
An advocate for education and training, he helped to spearhead the first FIG Gymnastics Academy in 2002 in Kuala Lumpur. Because of his success, the project – initiated by President Prof. Bruno Grandi – continues to develop rapidly at the international level.
In June 2004, Dr Ahmad was decorated with the Order of Merit by the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City (USA). Bart Conner awarded the distinction at a traditional and prestigious ceremony that has seen multiple legendary champions go down in history since its founding in 1988.
In 2006, he organised the 6th FIG Council at home in Kuala Lumpur and invited members to a prestigious Gymnastics Gala held parallel to the festivities marking the 125th anniversary of the FIG.
At the most recent FIG Congress in October 2012, Cancun (MEX), Ahmad ran again for the FIG Council as a representative of the Asian Gymnastics Union; he was re-elected.
The FIG and the entire international gymnastics community pay tribute to one of the sport’s most devoted servants.
The new Executive Board for the Malaysian Gymnastics Federation is as follows: President Mr Haji A. Razak Bin Mat Amin, assisted by Mr Kau Git Kaur. Vice-Presidents: YB Dato’Tan Gin Soon, Mr Azmi Bin Hassan, Ms Petrina Low Lai Hun; Hon. Secretary, Mr N. Shanmugarajah.