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The Malakoff Malaysian Duathlon Series (MMDS) is a series of three 'warm up' events that lead up to Powerman Malaysia 2002.

MMDS, in a run-bike-run format, is also a points race series which allows the top athletes within each category in the series, free entry into Powerman Malaysia. However MMDS is not a qualifying event for Powerman Malaysia.

Powerman Malaysia is the first qualifying duathlon

race in the Asian region to the Powerman Zofingen World Cup Finals in Switzerland 2003.

Open to all above 21, this year Powerman Malaysia offers 50 qualifying spots to the top finishing
athletes. As a lead up to the event, a specialised training workshop, run by the Worlds top athletes will add even more flavour to this 'SPICY HOT' event.

If you 're wondering what exactly is the Malakoff Malaysian Duathlon Series and Powerman Malaysia... Fret no more.  Simply put, the Malakoff Malaysian Duathlon Series (MMDS) is a series of THREE Duathlon's (Run-Bike-Run races), and POWERMAN Malaysia is the Duathlon Climax of these three events.

As you can see graphically in the 2002 timeline above, the first MMDS race starts the 23rd of June and followed six weeks later  by another MMDS in August 4th and again on September 8th before rounding up with POWERMAN Malaysia on 27th October 2002.

The MMDS sets the scene for Malaysian athletes (from the Pro's, Semi Pro's to the weekend warriors) to train for the the BIG BANG POWERMAN.  POWERMAN Malaysia then acts as a Regional qualifier to the POWERMAN World Championships, which will be held in Zofingen, Switzerland in 2003.

Rules and Regulations for the Malakoff Malaysian Duathlon Series

A. GENERAL

A competitor / participant may be disqualified for the following

i. refusing to follow rules and regulations and / or instructions of race officials.

ii. consumption of alcohol, stimulants or any kind or other drugs 24 hours before the race.

If a participant is deemed to be physically incapable of continuing the race without subjecting him / herself to severe physical harm (ie : weight loss of 10%etc) The organizing committee has the right to remove him/her from the race the committees’ decision is final in determining removal / disqualification.

Complaints of being fouled by other competitors or notices of violation or protest need to filed in writing with the organizing committee within 30 minutes of completion of event. With a RM150 deposit, if your protest is successful the deposit will be returned.

The organizing committee reserves the right to amend the rules accordingly.

A.1. Official Finisher/Prize money

All finishing participants will get a “Certificate of Participation”

Prize money will only go to the Top 5 athletes in the open categories and Top 4 in the age group categories, provided they finish within the stipulated cut off time.

In the instance, of only one person in an age group category, The person will have to finish within the stipulated cut off time to be recognized as the Top athlete in his/her age group.

To earn an “OFFICIAL FINISHER” medal. Participants will need to finish within the officially stipulated cut off time.

B. TRANSITION AREA

All competitors must have their helmets secured, from the time they remove their bicycle from the rack at the start of the bicycle leg until after they have finished and placed their bicycle on the rack at the end of the bicycle leg.

Competitors may only use their designated bike bays / racks.

Competitors must not interfere with another competitor’s equipment in the transition area.

Cycling is strictly prohibited within the transition area.

Nudity or indecent exposure is strictly prohibited and forbidden.

C. RUNNING

Competitors may run or walk.

Competitors may not crawl.

Competitors are not allowed to run with a bare torso.

Competitors must wear their race numbers both on the front and back of their t-shirts or tops during running.

Support vehicles or pacers are not allowed (Please see ruling on drafting).

Glass containers, headsets, headphones are not permitted.

The responsibility of keeping on the course rests with the competitor. Any competitor who appears to officials to present a danger to themselves or others may be removed from the competition.

D. BIKE

A competitor is not allowed to block others.

A competitor is not allowed to make forward progress without a bicycle.

A competitor may run or walk with their bike.

A competitor must obey traffic laws unless otherwise directed by an official.

A bare torso will not be permitted while cycling.

Competitors must ensure that their race numbers are clearly visible both on the front and back of their T-shirts or tops during cycling.

Cycling helmets are compulsory during the entire bike course. Any competitors seen riding without a helmet will be disqualified.

Headphones, headsets and glass containers are not permitted.

Individual support vehicle and support crew are not allowed.

Aero bars and clip-ons may be used, all ends must be plugged.

No wheel may contain mechanisms which are capable of accelerating it.

D.1. Drafting

This is a non drafting race the following rules apply :-

a) Drafting of another competitor or motor vehicle is forbidden. Competitors must reject attempts by others to draft.

b) A competitor is entitled to any position on the course, provided they get to that position first, without contacting others. When taking a position, a competitor must allow reasonable space for others to make normal movements without making contact. Adequate space must be available before passing.

c) A competitor who approaches from any position to take advantage of the draft bears responsibility for avoiding the draft.

D.1.2 Bicycle Draft Zone

The draft zone for all competitors will be a rectangle 5 meters long by 2 meters wide.

The center of the leading 2 meter edge will be measured from the front edge of the front wheel of the front bike to the front edge of the front wheel of the back bike.

A competitor may enter the draft zone of another competitor, but must be seen to be progressing through that zone.

A maximum of 15 seconds will be allowed to pass through the zone of another competitor.

Drafting is defined as,

Riding directly behind another bike.
Riding 2 or more abreast
Riding 2 or more diagonally next to each other.
Please see attached diagrams :-

DRAFTING 1 DRAFTING 2 DRAFTING 3
D.1.3 Entry into bicycle draft zone

A competitor may enter a bicycle draft zone (subjects to official’s judgement) in the following circumstances:

a) If the competitors enters the draft zone, and progresses through it within 15 seconds

b) For safety reasons

c) At an aid station

d) At the exit or entrance of the transition area

e) At an acute turn

f) If race officials exclude a section of course because of narrow lanes, construction, detours, or for other safety reasons.

D.1.4 Overtaking Definition

A competitor is passed or deemed to be overtaken when another competitor’s front wheel is ahead of theirs.

Once overtaken, it is upon the onus of the overtaken competitor, who must immediately move out of the draft zone of the leading / overtaking competitor.

D.2. Penalties for drafting.

D.2.1 First infringement of the drafting rule, a warning will be given by

race officials in the following manners:

a) Sounding a whistle or horn.

b) Waving of a red flag

D.2.2 Second infringement, a 10 min. stop and start ruling will be

applied.

a) Sounding of a whistle or horn

b) Showing a yellow card

c) Calling the competitor’s number and yelling ‘STOP’ in English.

D.2.3 Third infringement, a disqualification

a) Sounding of a whistle or horn

b) Showing a red card.

c) Calling the competitors name and yelling STOP in English

d) the alphabet “DQ” will be initialed on the competitor’s number

E. DISQUALIFICATION

Disqualification is a penalty appropriate for a violation.

A disqualification will be signaled in the following manners:

a) Sounding of a whistle or horn

b) Showing of a red card.

c) Calling of the competitors name and yelling STOP in English

d) The alphabets “DQ” will be initialed on the competitor’s number

E.1. Procedure after Disqualification

A competitor may finish the race after an official calls for a disqualification. A competitor may appeal the decision in accordance with the provisions of Section L of the ITU rulebook.

E.2. Reasons for disqualification

· A competitor may be disqualified for the following :-

· Failing to follow the prescribed course.

· Using abusive language or behavior untoward / unbecoming towards any official or unsportsmanlike behaviour.

· Blocking, charging, obstructing, or interfering with the forward progress of another competitor.

· Unfair contact. The fact that contact occurs between competitors does not constitute a violation. When several competitors are moving in a limited area, contact may occur. This incidental contact between competitors in equally favorable positions is not a violation.

· Accepting assistance from any person other than a race official or accepting assistance from a race official which constitutes an unfair advantage.

· Refusing to follow the instructions of a race official.

· Departing the course for reasons of safety but failing to re-enter at the point of departure.

· Leaving equipment or discarding personal articles on the course. Tires, plastic bottles, and discarded items must be placed safely off the course.

· Wearing items deemed a hazard to self or others ie : a hard cast, obtrusive jewelry, headsets, headphones

· Using unauthorized equipment to provide an advantage or which will be dangerous to others

· Violating traffic regulations

The organizing committee reserves the right to amend the rules accordingly.

The Race Directors decision is final

Malaysian Yoga Society

The establishment of Malaysian Yoga Society (MYS) is meant to create awareness and understanding of yoga through various practices and also organized related charitable activities for socially disadvantaged citizens. The society is famously known as a mental and physical health oriented humanitarian organization.

Since its foundation few years ago, MYS constantly seeks volunteers to help and assist Yoga Home that is located in Batu Arang. Successfully formed by a group of dedicated yogic practitioners, MYS expanded the society via a systematic practice of creative yoga.

Assisting the yoga community in overall

What is Yoga? In short, yoga is a holistic developmental science suitable for human’s body and mind. The history of yoga began (officially) in 1901 records according to British official documents. Yogis in India have validated it.

Master Manisekaran, founder of Malaysian Yoga Society aims to incorporate a mental and physical health oriented humanitarian organization in the society. Established in November 2004, the society has since organized numerous charity events and programmes to celebrate its success besides to increase awareness among the citizens.

Past activities organised by Malaysian Yoga Society

Among some of the past activities organized by MYS including a fund raising event catered for all Yoga practitioners through Yoga competition 2007, a charitable food fair in 2006 for underprivileged children, an annual fund raising dinner in 2005, as well as conducting free yoga lessons for non-profit organizations such as National Cancer Society and underprivileged children’s homes.

MYS has successfully established a Yoga Home for underprivileged children in 2008. Hence, the society always recruits volunteers to help in Batu Arang as the home needs helpers to assist home-stay programmes, other tasks such as to offer dormitories and assist socially disadvantaged children, single parents or disabled individuals.

The underprivileged children are enrolled in nearby schools to acquire formal education while the adults are given a chance to attend special skill-for-meal programmes. In terms of yoga, these individuals practiced yoga daily to help balance mentally and emotionally. The main purpose to instill yoga lessons is to boost their confidence when returning to society.

When Master Manisekaran formed MYS, he aims to promote wellness and organize charitable activities among underprivileged and the socially disadvantaged, to build and offer a shelter home for these underprivileged individuals, as well as to continue to research yoga as a living science to benefit the citizens.

Malaysian Yoga Society organise fund-raising activities

In addition to that, MYS has successfully organized fund-raising activities in the past and also conduct free yoga classes and lessons for those who are socially disadvantaged.

The society strictly follows karma yoga path that promotes experience of living harmoniously in the society. The society uplifts the life of socially disadvantaged and underprivileged via the practice of yoga.

For example, MYS has launched the Yoga Home in Batu Arang to help the unfortunate individuals. The home consists of 3 modestly sized rooms to shelter approximately 12 children and also a caretaker and assistant. Besides providing yoga lessons for these individuals, the home also sends the children to a nearby primary school to equip them with formal education.

Regular yogic practitioners has the capability to overcome normal ravages of time and environment besides to lead a longer and healthier live. Here are few facts documented in the past about yogic practitioners.

Benefits of yoga is being emphasized by the society

Those who practiced yogic postures known as asanas for approximately six months and more recorded a drop in basal breath rate from 13.4 to 6.8 per minute. Individuals who practiced hatha yoga for six months or more recorded basal breath rate of 10 per minute as opposed to 23 per minute in the latter.

Other health benefits for practicing yoga includes an improvement in overall fitness after undergoing a three-week training programme consists of asanas, ujjayi-pranayama, nauli and few other postures.

All in all, MYS is here in Malaysia to help balance citizens’ mental and physical to help improve lives and consciousness.