Place M’sia among top 10 medal winners, PM tells Asia Games contingent

11-Aug-2018 Intellasia | New Straits Times | 6:02 AM Print This Post

Prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has challenged the country’s contingent for the upcoming Palembang-Jakarta Asian Games to place Malaysia among the top 10 medal-winning nations. He set the goal for the 426 national athletes set to compete in 35 sporting events in Indonesia between August 18 and September 9. “If Malaysia managed to be among the best 10 in the previous games, I don’t see why (we) cannot repeat this or do better in 2018.

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad also pointed out how Malaysia had done well in 1998 when the country hosted the Commonwealth Games for the first time. The national contingent did the country proud by finishing fourth overall with 10 gold, 14 silver and 12 bronze medals.

“I am confident that the contingent this time around is capable of… meaningful success. “It is also because we have world-class athletes such Al Jufferi Jamari for silat; Azizulhasni Awang for cycling; Wong Weng Soon for Wushu; as well as a strong women’s bowling team and men’s hockey squad,” he said at the handing over ceremony of the Jalur Gemilang to the Malaysian contingent here. Also present were Youth and Sports minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman; Chief Secretary to the government Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa; Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) and Chef-de-Mission (CDM) Datuk Seri Abdul Azim Zabidi; and other Cabinet ministers. In the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, China, Malaysia placed among the top 10 nations after securing nine gold medals out of 41 in total. Dr Mahathir also pointed out how Malaysia had done well in 1998 when the country hosted the Commonwealth Games for the first time. The national contingent did the country proud by finishing fourth overall with 10 gold, 14 silver and 12 bronze medals. He said the fighting spirit of athletes such as gold medallists Sapok Biki for boxing; Hidayat Hamidon for weightlifting; G. Saravanan for the men’s 50km walk; and Nurul Huda Baharin for shooting is strong. The prime minister said he also prays for the speedy recovery of ailing national badminton ace Datuk Lee Chong Wei. “Although (Lee) cannot be with the Malaysian contingent for the 2018 Asian Games, (his) fighting spirit will be the catalyst for those competing,” said Dr Mahathir. The 35-year-old badminton player is reported to have withdrawn from the World Championships in Nanjing and the Asian Games in Indonesia due to health issues. Meanwhile, Syed Saddiq told reporters that Malaysia has set a target of securing seven gold medals in Palembang and Jakarta.

Also present were Youth and Sports minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman; Chief Secretary to the government Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa; Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) and Chef-de-Mission (CDM) Datuk Seri Abdul Azim Zabidi; and other Cabinet ministers.

https://sg.news.yahoo.com/place-m-apos-sia-among-024025296.html

 


Category: Malaysia

Print This Post