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Published: Saturday August 23, 2014 MYT 6:48:00 PM
Updated: Saturday August 23, 2014 MYT 11:19:04 PM

Nauraj's Asian Games fate hangs in balance

KUALA LUMPUR: High jumper Nauraj Singh Randhawa’s participation in next month’s Incheon Asian Games in South Korea hangs in balance after his poor outing in the Glasgow Commonwealth Games last month. 

The Myanmar SEA Games gold medallist, only managed 2.06m in Glasgow, which is way off his personal best of 2.21m. 

Although the 23-year-old athlete has qualified for Incheon he has to prove himself at the Singapore Open athletics championships which started on Saturday. 

Malaysian Athletics Federation (MAF) president Datuk Zainal Abidin Ahmad said he was disappointed with Nauraj’s performance and attitude in Glasgow. 

“We send him there hoping he will show some commitment to surpass his personal best but he let us down,” said Zainal, who was the athletics team manager for at the Games. 

Zainal added that Nauraj’s spot in the Asiad will be decided on his performance in Singapore. 

“He is the SEA Games champion and I want him to do a decent height or he will be not be considered for the Asian Games,” said Zainal. 

Besides Nauraj, five other athletes comprising three men and two women will also feature in the Asiad. 

The men are pole vaulter Iskandar Alwi, Mohd Irfan Shamsuddin (discus), Mohd Hakimi Ismail (triple jump) and the women athletes are 400m runner Siti Nur Afiqah Abdul Razak and Noor Amira Nafiah (triple jump). 

Siti Nur Afiqah, who is only 16-years-old, was included when she clocked a personal best 53.93 in the 400m to win the gold in the Asian Juniors Athletics Championships in Taiwan in June. 

Zainal said she has a bright future to be a top quarter-miler in Asia. 

“None of the six athletes should take their places for granted as we will gauge their performance in the Singapore Open and Selangor Open next month before making a final decision,” said Zainal.

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