National rifle shooter Muslifah Zulkifli is having back problems which could hamper her performance at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in July. - Filepic
KUALA LUMPUR: Rifle shooter Muslifah Zulkifli’s nagging back problem may jeopardise her medal prospects at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in July.
The 28-year-old Penangite, who has had the back problem for the past two years, aggravated it during training last month.
“I am upset as it keeps recurring during training. I sometimes feel pain in the lower back while carrying the rifle for long hours during training and competitions.
“I went for a medical checkup last week to find out whether I have torn a muscle in my lower back,” said Muslifah, who left for Langkawi on Monday for 10 days of centralised training to prepare for the Games. She will only get the results of her medical tests when she returns.
A total of 23 shooters, comprising 13 men and 10 women, are at the centralised training.
The Armed Forces shooter, who has represented Malaysia for the last nine years, has qualified for all three rifle events at the Games – 10m air rifle, 50m prone and 50m three position.
Muslifah informed that she may be forced to concentrate on just one event in Glasgow because of her injury.
“This is the third time I will feature in the Commonwealth Games but I have yet to win a medal.
“With the prolonged injury, I will again face a tough challenge to get on the podium,” said Muslifah, who will also go for a month’s training-cum-competition stint in Europe next month.
This includes the World Cup legs in Germany and Slovakia.
Muslifah, who took the team 50m prone bronze at the Myanmar SEA Games last December with Nur Suryaini Mohd Taibi and Haslisa Hamed, wants to qualify for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.