PETALING JAYA: The Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome has claimed yet another victim in sports. The 10th Asian Shooting championships, scheduled to be held at the Subang Shooting Range from Aug 3-13, has been postponed to next year.
National Shooting Association of Malaysia (NSAM) executive secretary Jasni Shaari said they had been advised by the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) to postpone the championship to Feb 8-18 next year.
The ISSF informed us that many middle East countries are not willing to take part because the fear of SARS in many parts of Asia, including Malaysia,'' said Jasni.
He added that although it had been postponed, the championship would remain as the qualifying meet for the Athens Olympics in August.
The quota for qualifying for the Olympics will be still be same, said Jasni.
China, who are badly affected by SARS, will definitely be sending many shooters to the Asian championships.
Meanwhile, none of the local shooters managed to beat the Vietnam SEA Games qualifying mark yesterday in the Tan Sri Datuk S. M. Yong Trophy at Subang Shooting range.
However, Alais Neek Sulong of Armed Forces surprised national shooters by winning the men's individual air pistol event with a score of 660.8 points.
Selangor's Leong Jia Chyuan, with 658.8 points, took the silver while the bronze went to Syamsudin Sukemi of Pahang with 658.0 points.
National shooter Hasli Izwan Amir Hassan, who had qualified for SEA Games in the rapid fire pistol event last month, could only managed fourth placing with a score of 653.8.
In the team event, Selangor's Jia Chyuan, Mark Seng Sei Hui and Ang Hee Choon accumulated 1,680 points to bag the gold.
Alais together with Mohd Rahimi Mat Yassin and Zulkifli Hassan (1,669) took the silver while Pahang's trio of Syamsudin, Mohd Firdaus Abdul Rahim and Khairul Asri Mohd Roslan 1,652 (1,652) took the bronze.
Jia Chyuan, 20, bagged his second gold of the day in the men's standard pistol event with a score of 552. Perak's Hafiz Adzha with 545 points took the silver while Peter Chung Yoke Onn of Johor amassed 540 points to bag the bronze
Air pistol (ind): 1. Alais Neek Sulong (Forces) 660.8, 2. Leong Jia Chyuan (Sel) 658.8, 3. Syamsudin Sukemi (Pah) 658.0.
Air pistol team: 1. Selangor 1,680, 2. Armed Forces 1,669, 3. Pahang 1,652.
Standard pistol (ind): 1. Leong Jia Chyuan (Sel) 552, 2. Hafiz Adzha (Prk) 545, 3. Peter Chung Yoke Onn (Joh) 540.
Standard pistol team: 1. Police 1,592, 2. Johor 1,591, 3. Kelantan 1,588.
Free rifle three-position (Ind): 1. Mohd Hameleay Abdul Mutalib (Sel) 1,233.6, 2. Mohd Sabki Din (Forces) 1,229.2, 3. Wang Wen Chuen (Sel) 1,227.2
Free rifle three position team: 1. Selangor 3,380, 2. Malacca 3,270, 3. Kelantan 3,222.
Trap individual: 1. Charles Chen (Sel) 127, 2. Leong Wei Heng (Ked) 124, 3. Steven Yau (Sel) 121
Skeet (ind): 1. Amran Risman (Sel) 135, 2. Roslan Ramli (Sel) 132, 3. Mohd Omar Risman (sel) 128.