Most of the trainees in the club are students from Semenyih, Arulthevar’s home town, and studying either at SMK Engku Husin or SMK Bandar Rinching.
“We have students from primary and secondary schools. Most of them are from the lower income group.
Arulthevar said Elanggovan had the potential to be groomed into an accomplished long distance runner.
“I don’t want them to be deprived of the chance to bring glory to the country,’’ said Arulthevar.
The 33-year-old is still bitter about his exclusion from the Malaysian athletics team for the 2001 SEA Games in Malaysia.
Despite being the gold medallist in the 3,000m steeplechase in the 1999 chapter, the Malaysian Amateur Athletics Union (MAAU) felt he was not up to the mark.
“But the SEA Games was held in Kuala Lumpur. The athletes I had beaten were winners in the 5,000m in the SEA Games. It is still painful as I could have won a medal for Malaysia. It would also have been a proud moment for me.
“Unfortunately I was deprived of that chance and I don’t want my trainees to face the same situation.
“I always advice them to train hard and be the best in their respective events,” said Arulthevar, who has been involved in athletics for the past 18 years.
As an athlete, Arulthevar won medals in the MSSM and Malaysia Games. His first appearance in the MSSM was in 1995 and he won a bronze medal in the 3,000m steeplechase. In the following year, Arulthevar won the gold medal in the event.
In the Malaysia Games held in Pahang in 1996, he won a silver (5,000m) and bronze (3,000m steeplchase).
In the 1998 Malaysia Games in Selangor, Arulthevar won a gold (3,000m steeplechase) and bronze (5,000m).
He was also actively involved in road races and had been on podium in 10km and 21km events.
Last year, he won a gold (10,000m), silver (5,000m) and bronze (3,000m steeplechase) in the Armed Forces athletics championships.
Arulthevar said he would continue to take part in road races and track events.
“But my ambition is to train the young athletes. I will be happy when some of my trainees represent Malaysia.”