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M’sians back athletes’ quest for gold

KUALA LUMPUR: With the fast approaching SEA Games, supportive Malaysians have high hopes in the squad securing the 111 gold medals targeted by the country.

Company manager Cheryl Kalip, 40, is optimistic.

“I have faith in them (national athletes),” she said.

A group of employees from a trading and retail company in the city were seen taking “wefies” with the Rimau mascots at the main entrance of Pavilion Kuala Lumpur.

Clerk Norazlinda Remli, 29, expressed her excitement in the Games and the national team.

“Just look at what Malaysian athletes had recently achieved! I’m sure we are able to win the 111 gold medals again this year,” she said.

Nathan Pathmanathan, 60, said there were many athletes producing great results.

“I think they should be able to achieve the desired goal. We have many talented athletes on our side, ” the retiree said, adding that judo, karate and badminton had huge potential for victory.

As the 29th SEA Games and 9th Asean Para Games draw close, some are ready with their tickets to watch the Games live.

Manager Catherine Tai Shu Hoay, 40, said she had purchased tickets for her entire family to watch the swimming finals on Aug 21.

“My son is a swimmer and he wants to catch a glimpse of his favourite athletes,” she said.

Sports Science student Debbie Ting also plans to watch a few of the events live.

“I would like to watch the basketball game as I am a basketball player,” said the 23-year-old.

Indonesian Fanny Angkor, 23, who is here on a holiday, is positive that her country will beat Malaysia for the gold in badminton.

“I am very sure Indonesia’s doubles players will win against Malaysia this year,” said the assistant manager of a cafe in Medan.

Singaporean civil servant Lee Hui Shuang, 26, is eager to watch swimmer Joseph Schooling in the Games.

“Singaporeans strongly believe the 2016 Olympic champion will bring back several gold medals,” said the avid fan.

The 29th SEA Games will be held from Aug 19 to 30.

On Thursday, Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said Malaysia had set the target to win 111 gold medals and be the top gun of the Games.

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