SUBJECT: AMENDMENT TO MALB ASEAN SERIES FREQUENCY
24 September 2009 (Kuala Lumpur):
The MALB Executive Board held an emergency session amidst during the Eidil Fitri 09 celebration, to discuss on the MALB Asean Series 2009 issue, which was scheduled to be held in early November 2009. The ExecBoard concluded that due to a majority of the ExecBoard members involvement towards the Malaysia Team's preparation and participation for the Asian Cup Baseball Tournament in Bangkok and the late commencement of the MALB 2009 regular season (which kicked off in early August 2009), there was limited time for the ExecBoard to plan and execute on the preparation for the Asean Series Tournament.
Due to such time constraints, the ExecBoard was unable to secure several key elements vital to the organizing of the tournament, namely:
1) Lack of Response from Invited Countries (Only Malaysia and Singapore confirmed their participation)
2) Lack of response from identified and approached sponsors
Hence, the MALB ExecBoard conclusively decided to amend the frequency of the Asean Series tournament, to make it as a bi-annual event, thus postponing the 2009 installment to 2010. With the decision, it would not only give the organizers more time to plan for such prestigious event, it would also provide an opportunity to the organizer to prepare better amenities and facilities, thus creating a memorable and trouble free tournament for its participants.
The MALB ExecBoard deeply apologize, namely to Malaysia and Singapore baseball establishments for this sudden changes, as the ExecBoard strongly believes that these changes were necessary in order to provide a better tournament environment for the Asean Baseball community. Plans and preparations for the 2010 MALB Asean Series are already in motion, in which amongst other things, includes securing and constructing a proper baseball diamond and other baseball facilities, for the convenience and benefit of the 2010 MALB Asean Series participants.
The MALB ExecBoard sincerely hopes that the rescheduling would not deter the spirit and interest of participation from Singapore and Malaysia, and look forward to their continued support and participation in 2010.
MALB EXECUTIVE BOARD