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The country's top pistol shooter Joseline Cheah will not compete in the SEA shooting meet in Subang beginning Thursday as she is in Munich, Germany, for the World Cup Finals.- Filepic
KUALA LUMPUR: Thailand have snubbed the South-East Asian Shooting Championships (SEASA), which begin at the Subang Shooting Range on Thursday, although it could have served as a warm-up ahead of the Myanmar SEA Games next month.
The National Shooting Association of Malaysia (NSAM), who stepped in as hosts after the Philippines couldn’t stage it, have received confirmation of entries from seven countries – Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Hong Kong and Taiwan and the Philippines.
The Filipinos, however, will only be represented by their shotgun shooters.
NSAM executive secretary N. Subramaniam said that Thailand wanted their shooters to train at home for the Myanmar SEA Games.
“Perhaps they felt that it was too near to the Games. They may be worried that their shooters might peak too early,” he said.
“We will have all the events – unlike Myanmar, who have cut down most of the events for shooting at the Games.”
Hosts Malaysia will have the biggest squad – 112 shooters – competing in rifle, pistol and shotgun events.
About 200 participants will compete in the SEASA meet, which will run until Nov 12.
Among the Malaysian shooters expected to deliver the goods at the SEASA meet are Olympians Nur Suryani Mohd Taibi, Hasli Izwan Amir Hasan, Bibiana Cheah and Nur Ayuni Farhana Halim.
Woman rifle shooter Joseline Cheah is the notable absentee among the elite shooters as she is in Munich for the World Cup Finals.
Malaysia emerged overall champions when they hosted the SEASA meet last year, finishing with a final tally of 33-7-12.
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