Thanks to wild card, Zaidatul set to compete at Rio Games


  • Athletics
  • Wednesday, 29 Jun 2016

Zaidatul Husniah (nearest camera) beating second placed Shereen Samson (right) to the finish line in the 200m final at the 63rd Kedah Open athletic championships at the Darulaman Stadium Alor Setar.

KUALA LUMPUR: Pint-sized sprinter Zaidatul Husniah Zulkifli can look forward to enjoying a great Hari Raya Aidil Fitri celebration next week.

The Malaysian Athletics Federation (MAF) have nominated the 23-year-old Penangite as the wild card for women’s athletics in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in August.

She will feature in the women’s 100m event.

High jumper Nauraj Singh Randhawa has qualified on merit for the Rio Olympics after equalling the qualifying mark of 2.29m in the Singapore Open in April and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) have offered Malaysia one wild card for the women’s athletics event.

National chief coach Zainal Abas confirmed that Husniah is the leading candidate for the wild card as she did well to clock a season best 11.67 in the 100m heats in the XXVI Kosanov Memorial Championships in Almaty, Kazakhstan, last weekend.

So far, 26 Malaysian athletes have qualified on merit for the Rio Olympics.

Malaysian chef de mission Tan Sri Mohd Al-Amin Abdul Majid expects a minimum of 32 athletes to feature in the Olympics.

“Four golfers (two men and two women) and one wild card each from swimming and women’s athletics will make up the total,” said Al-Amin after meeting with team managers and coaches at the National Sports Institute (ISN) in Bukit Jalil on Wednesday.

He added that all Olympic-bound athletes will undergo doping tests before leaving for Rio de Janeiro.

“The athletes will also be given the yellow fever injections as a precaution for the Zika virus. The organisers have assured us of the safety of the athletes and officials during the Games,” said Al-Amin


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