... and Mazlan wants badminton gold for his birthday

BANGI: The National Sports Council’s (NSC) director general, Datuk Wira Mazlan Ahmad, will celebrate his 55th birthday on Aug 23. And he has a wish for a special gift from the national badminton players in the Athens Olympics. 

“Badminton players, give me a gold medal for my birthday. It will be my best-ever birthday present,” said Mazlan, who was present at the Uniten multi-purpose hall here yesterday when Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Azalina Othman Said paid a visit to the players. 

Malaysia have realistic chances to win medals in the men’s singles and doubles. The doubles final is scheduled for Aug 20 and the match for the singles gold medal will be played on Aug 21. 

For Mazlan, the Athens Olympics, which will be held from Aug 13-29, will be the last multi-sports carnival in his tenure as the chief of the NSC. He will be retiring as the director general in August next year. 

“I was with the Malaysian contingent in two Olympic Games. In Barcelona (1992), we won a bronze. I was also in Atlanta (1996), we won a silver and a bronze,” he said. 

“I was not in Sydney (2000) because of health problem and the contingent came back empty-handed. Hopefully, Malaysia will achieve their best-ever results in Athens.” 

Mazlan will leave for Athens on Tuesday. 

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