Loh Zhiayi will represent Malaysia in diving at the Youth Olympics in Nanjing, China from Aug 16-28. - Filepic
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia will send a contingent of 20 athletes for the Second Youth Olympics Games which will be held in Nanjing, China from Aug 16-28.
The athletes will take part in 10 different sports. In the inaugural Games held in Singapore in 2010, Malaysia were represented by 13 athletes in six sports - athletics, aquatics, badminton, rhythmic gymnastics, sailing and weightlifting.
Pandelela Rinong bagged two silver medals in the girls’ 3m springboard and 10m platform events.
In Nanjing, Malaysia will take part in aquatics, athletics, archery, badminton, gymnastics, golf, sailing, taekwondo, equestrian and shooting.
The contingent will be led by ex-Olympic shuttler Wong Pei Tty and accompanied by IOC Young Ambassador Benjamin Khor Cheng Jie from shooting.
Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) secretary general Datuk Sieh Kok Chi said they have not set any target for the contingent other than to try and match the performance at the previous Games.
“We certainly stand a chance at winning some medals as we have a slightly bigger team. But like I said there are no specific target.
“This Games are meant to unearth talents for the future. So we hope the outing will help the athletes become future stars for Malaysia,” he said.
The two sports where the Malaysians are hoping to win medals are badminton and diving. The Games are for athletes below the age of 17 years.
THE FULL LIST OF ATHLETES
Diving: Loh Zhiayi (10m individual platform & 3m individual springboard)
Swimming: Lim Chinh Hwang (50m Free, 100m free, 200m free, 100m back, 50m breast, 100m breast, 50m butterfly, 100m butterfly, 200m IM; Welson Sim Wee Sheng (200m free, 400m free, 800m free; Yap Siew Hui (50m butterfly, 100m butterfly, 200m butterfly), Angela Chieng Chui Fei (200m free, 400m free, 800m free)
Archery: Muhamad Zarif Syahiir Zolkepeli (recurve individual)
Athletics: Kirthana Ramasamy (triple jump), Norshafiee Mohd Shah (high jump), Mohd Rizzua Haizad Muhamad (110m hurdles)
Badminton: Lee Ying Ying (singles), Cheam Jun Wei (singles)
Equestrian: Praveen Nair Mathavan (individual competition)
Artistic: Loo Phay Xing (individual all-round)
Rhythmic: Tai Qing Tong (individual all-round)
Golf: Kan Kah Yan (54-hole individual stroke play & 54-hole mixed team, Low Khai Jei (54-hole individual stroke play & 54-hole mixed team)
Sailing: Nur Shazrin Mohamad Latif (one person dinghy), Asri Azman (one person dinghy)
Shooting: Abdul Hadi Abdul Malek (10m air pistol – 60 shots)
Taekwondo: Mohana Priya Mariappan (55-63kg)