KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 17 -- The Malaysian Muaythai Association (PMM) and Malaysian Boxing Federation (PTM) are planning to hold a joint meet next year to unearth new talents in the two combat sports.
PMM president Datuk Muhammad Shahnaz Azmi told Bernama that the two bodies were still discussing the matter and would be submitting a proposal to the Youth and Sports Ministry for consideration soon.
He said the idea germinated when he met PTM president Mohamad Iruan Zulkefli at a talent scouting camp at the National Sports Institute (ISN) recently.
"Apart from saving costs by holding a meet under one roof involving both the sports, it can also help the competitors find sparring partners.
"Perhaps, through this undertaking we can find more Muay Thai talents like Mohammad Rifdean Masdor to take up boxing," he said, adding that he hoped that Mohammad Rifdan would be able to represent Malaysia in boxing at the 2024 Paris Olympics.
On other matters, Muhammad Shahnaz said the Internal Muay Thai Championship scheduled to be held next month in Bukit Jalil had to be postponed to December due to the current COVID-19 situation in the country.
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