KUALA LUMPUR: The Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) is just waiting for the Malaysian Athletics Union (MAU) to reveal how many athletes have qualified for the Asian and Commonwealth Games.
OCM secretary-general Datuk Sieh Kok Chi said that for the Commonwealth Games which will be held from July 23-Aug 3 in Glasgow, Scotland, all 16 sports, including powerlifting and paralympic lawn bowls, will be represented.
“We have actually finalised the number of delegates for the Malaysian contingent to Glasgow,” said Kok Chi.
“Some of the national sport associations (NSA) have also recommended their athletes for the Games.
“Right now we are actually just waiting for MAU to confirm how many have qualified for the Games.
“The deadline is May 31, so there is still some time. But overall, there should be about 300 delegates for the Commonwealth Games.”
As for the Asian Games which will be held from Sept 19-Oct 4 in Incheon, South Korea, Kok Chi said there should be up to 580 athletes and officials.
“There will definitely be more athletes for the Asian Games because there are more sports involved, 29 in total,” said Kok Chi.
“The number we have now, 580, is just a rough estimate. We may drop those who under-perform at the Commonwealth Games.”
Malaysia’s biggest gold medal prospects at the Commonwealth and Asian Games will be through squash and badminton with respective world No. 1 players Nicol David and Lee Chong Wei set to compete.