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Published: Friday December 13, 2013 MYT 6:50:00 PM
Updated: Friday December 13, 2013 MYT 6:51:36 PM

Tunku Imran praises Malaysian athletes

Tunku Tan Sri Imran Tuanku Ja’afar: '(The women futsal team) were not intimidated by the Myanmar fans at all – and that is what I hope to see in all our athletes.''

Tunku Tan Sri Imran Tuanku Ja’afar: '(The women futsal team) were not intimidated by the Myanmar fans at all – and that is what I hope to see in all our athletes.''

NAYPYITAW: The remarkable comeback of swimmer Daniel Bego and the fighting display of the women’s futsal team have won the heart of Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) president Tunku Tan Sri Imran Tuanku Ja’afar.

He now hopes that the others would be inspired by the gutsy display of these athletes as Malaysia enter the halfway mark of the SEA Games.

Daniel was the third swimmer in the men’s 4x200m freestyle relay team that set a new SEA Games record en route to winning the silver medal.

“It was good to see strong performances from Daniel on the international stage after his absence. He has not lost any of his competitive edge,” he said.

On the women futsal team’s 4-2 win over Myanmar in their Group A match on Wednesday, Tunku Imran took his hat off to them.

“They played their hearts out and showed great skill in their victory. They were not intimidated by the Myanmar fans at all – and that is what I hope to see in all our athletes ... giving unwavering attention to their game despite all kinds of challenges and distraction,” he said.

Tunku Imran’s face, however, lost its glow when speaking about the absence of Malaysian shuttlers in the men’s and women’s singles semi-finals.

“We used to be so good in the singles department. It is obvious that the results in the Myanmar SEA Games show that badminton has a serious problem in producing the second layer of players for the country,” he said, after watching the badminton action at the Wunna Theikdi Indoor Stadium C on Friday.

Tags / Keywords: SEA Games, Myanmar, Malaysia, Naypyitaw, Nyapidaw, Tunku Imran

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