Shooting

Published: Tuesday December 10, 2013 MYT 8:24:00 PM
Updated: Tuesday December 10, 2013 MYT 8:25:27 PM

Shooters ready and aiming for one gold

Wahidah Ismail in a file photo. She has a good chance of winning gold in the 10m air pistol, along with Joseline Cheah and Bibiana Ng.

Wahidah Ismail in a file photo. She has a good chance of winning gold in the 10m air pistol, along with Joseline Cheah and Bibiana Ng.

NAYPYITAW: All the shooting weapons and equipment have arrived in Yangon without any hitches this time.

And this could be a good sign as the men’s 50m rifle prone shooters, led by Muhd Ezuan Nasir Khan, begin their campaign in the SEA Games at the North Dagon Shooting Range on Wednesday.

The others competing in the event are Nik Mohd Aimullah Supardi and Mohd Lutfi Othman.

Team manager Datuk Sabiamad Abdul Ahad was in jovial mood ... especially since none of the 14 shooters suffered any hiccups during their flight from Kuala Lumpur to Yangon.

“Everything is well with us here,” said the 58-year-old Sabiamad, who was the country’s first shooting representative at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.

“Even the venue is nice. It’s a brand new venue and the facilities are impressive. The scoring system lives up to the international standard as well.

“The shooters are also in high spirits and maybe all this is a good omen for the team. We have set a one-gold medal target ... anything else will be bonus. There are only 12 medals at stake and winning one will be great.

“The men’s 50m rifle prone final will be tomorrow and we hope that the boys will give the team a promising start to the Games.”

Malaysia probably will have a better chance of a gold medal in the women’s 10m air pistol through three of their sharp-shooters – Joseline Cheah, Bibiana Ng and Wahidah Ismail. That event will begin on Thursday.

At the last SEA Games in Jakarta in 2011, shooting delivered two gold medals, four silvers and three bronzes.

Tags / Keywords: shooting, SEA Games, Naypyitaw, Nyapidaw, Myanmar, Sabiamad Abdul Ahad

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