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Wednesday December 18, 2013 MYT 1:56:00 PM
Wednesday December 18, 2013 MYT 1:57:30 PM
by starsport team
NAYPYITAW: Compound archer Mohd Juwaidi Mazuki struck his first medal in his first international tournament at the Myanmar SEA Games – despite training by himself.
And the 23-year-old Juwaidi hopes that the breakthrough will earn compound archery some form of recognition from the National Sports Council (NSC) and give the NSC a reason to include the sport under their programme.
Despite only a two-week centralised training prior to the Games, Juwaidi complemented well with Muhd Zaki Mahazam and Mohd Kaharuddin Ashah for a team silver medal a day ago. If not for a bad shot by Kaharuddin, they could have nicked the gold.
Currently, only recurve archery is under NSC’s programme because it is an Olympic sport.
Juwaidi, a student with the Management Science University (MSC) in Shah Alam, said that compound archery could excel if given the exposure.
“All of us are on our own and only trained together two weeks before the Games. Despite that, we could challenge the defending champions Philippines before losing narrowly to them,” he said.
“I have never competed in any international tournament before. I believe that if we (the compound archers) get more exposure just like the recurve team, we can produce even better results.”
“I hope the NSC will review our status and include us in their programme. Compound archery has been included in the 2014 Asian Games programme for the first time and if we start training full-time from now, we can deliver. All we need is some support,” he pleaded.
Compound archery, which was introduced at the 2005 SEA Games in Manila, delivered a total of two silvers and one bronze at the Games.
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