LANGKAWI, Dec 19 (Bernama) -- Plagued by financial difficulties, organizers of the Ironman Langkawi Malaysia Triathlon are hoping the Ministry of Youth and Sports will take over the event for 2011.
Ironman Langkawi's event director Datuk A. Chandrakumanan said discussions would be held with the ministry soon.
"An appeal letter will be forwarded to the ministry soon," he told Bernama when contacted on Sunday.
Chandrakumanan said the reason for the takeover request was due to lack of support and financial assistance for Ironman Malaysia Sdn Bhd, to organise such a mega event.
"Every year the cost of organizing the event which is into its 11th edition, requires at least RM3 million to cater for the overall expenditure which include prize money, food, transport, accommodation and staff," he said.
He hoped the ministry would consider the takeover proposal since the event had been a major championship that helped promote the country globally.
Ironman Langkawi which normally attracts top class competitors from around the world is an event that comprises three grueling main disciplines - swimming 3.8km, cycling 180.2km and a 42km run.
The event also acts as a qualifying championship for the World Championships held in Kona, Hawaii every year.
Chandrakumanan said organising the event had largely contributed to the promotion of the country and the tourism industry, believed to be worth between RM20 to RM30 million in revenue.
He added that the 12th edition of the championships that was scheduled for Feb 27, may have to be postponed due to the financial difficulties.
I don't know this big event having financial problem. Taken over entirely by the Sports Ministry might not be a good thing. There's also event in Langkawi need to be look upon such as the International Yatch Competition.
What i do suggest, national event such as Ironman & other should be cramp together to cut cost. Then ask or instruct LADA to participate as the main organizer.. and ask also state sport exco to participate..