THE Malaysian swimming team, with eight full-time trainees, are capable of making an impact in the Asean Para Games in Kuala Lumpur from Aug 15 to 19.
Malaysia has named a contingent of 44 — 34 swimmers and 10 officials — for the swimming championships in the games to be held at the National Aquatic Centre in Bukit Jalil.
Except for the outstationed-based swimmers, the others are training diligently under the watchful eyes of chief coach May Ang Seok Leng and Gan Kok Lee.
Eight swimmers — Zul Amirul Sidi Abdullah, Yusup Dewa, Mohd Zamri Sapiee, Nik Mohd Tarmizi Mohd Noor, Fraidden Dawan, Razak Tambi and Julius Jeranding — are full time trainees. Fraidden is a junior and is also preparing for the Asian Youth Games in Tokyo.
Gan said they had initiated eight training sessions per week since July.
“The trainees also attend gym training twice a week. They have to undergo monthly medical test as well as other tests like body composition and biomechanics.
“The National Sports Council (NSC) and National Sports Institute (NSI) are playing a big role in the preparation of our swimmers for the Asean Para Games,’’ said Gan.
In the last Games in Korat, Thailand, Malaysia, represented by 25 participants, won 22 gold medals and there were 80 events. However, for the upcoming Games, Malaysia has a bigger pool of swimmers and about 100 events are expected to be contested.
With the organised training programme, there is every reason to be optimistic of a better gold medal haul in the Games. But May, a former teacher, would prefer to be modest.
“I am not prepared to make any predictions now. But I am keen to see all the swimmers give their best. The swimmers, particularly the full time trainees, are shaping up well for the challenge in the Asean Para Games. They are focused and they should be able to clock some impressive times,’’ said May.
The attention will be on Zul Amirul Sidi Abdullah and Yusop Dewa. Both were Malaysia’s representatives in the Beijing Paralympics and are determined to make their presence felt in the Games.
NSC swimming officer Mohd Yuszairie Zainal Alam said they had provided the swimmers with the best and expect them to rise to the occasion.
The Malaysian team
Swimmers: Wan Harun Wan Ahmad, Zul Amirul Sidi Abdullah, Anderson Jamba, Rusli Sibli, Yusup Dewa, Koh Lee Peng, Jamery Siga, Stanley Jepit, Mohd Zamry Sapiee, Dominic Fam Koh Khing, Abdullah Mohd Daud, Kwong Kong Thye, Mohd Redzuan Ahmad, David Wangyu Kulek, Donny Sa, Jeffry Nowel Jana, James Wong Tuen, Nik Mohd tarmizi Mohd Noor, Dato Lakuk, Mohd Sabki Ariffin, Hairul Tuah, Mohd Azmeen Kamarulzaman, Fraidden Dawan, Razak Tambi, Isak Ngau, Wong Hung Fai, Stanley Jeranding, Julius Jeranding, Sukry Sakip, Iman Sujadi Satta, Muhammad Nadhir Mazlan, Nyak Indera Faiz Salleh, Nadrul Shaqkir Nor Zainal, Kelly Koh Ee Ling.
Officials: May Ang Seok Leng, Gan Kok Lee, Lewin Lim Boh Huat, Lee Soon Keong, Lubrey Lim, Abg Nawawi Bolhassan Abg Dawi, Sarini Kedri, Daud Majidi, Azman Misbah, Lim Yit Bin.