PUTRAJAYA: Shooter Nurul Hudda Baharin has been withdrawn from the Manila SEA Games.
Chief-de-mission Low Beng Choo said the National Shooting Association of Malaysia (NSAM) have decided not to send her to the Games because of medical reasons.
The experienced shooter, who bagged two gold medals in the Vietnam SEA Games two years ago, was to have competed in three rifle events in Manila – air-rifle, prone and three-position.
As Nurul is now undergoing treatment at the National Sports Institute in Bukit Jalil, NSAM will now be banking on Nur Suryani Mohd Taibi and up-and-coming Muslifah Zulkifli. Muslifah boasts a near-perfect national record of 399 in the air rifle event.
US-based Chua Tze Jean, the only Malaysian woman golfer for the Games, has also withdrawn.
Beng Choo said the golfer could not make it because of her studies.
With her pullout, Malaysia will only be represented in the men’s team at the Games.
Beng Choo, who met all the 36 team managers to the Games yesterday, again reminded the sports associations that they would be held responsible if their athletes are tested positive for drugs.
“If even one of our athletes is tested positive in the Philippines, it will tarnish the image of the entire team,’’ said Beng Choo.
Meanwhile, the bird flu menace is also on everybody’s minds.
“Athletes from the South-East Asian countries will face stringent measures at the Manila airport because of the bird flu scare. All the athletes must undergo a medical test to make sure they are in good health before they board the plane,’’ said Beng Choo.
A total of 230 of the 400 Games- bound athletes are attending a three-day motivational training camp in Putrajaya, which will be over today.
Meanwhile, High-Desert, a company marketing bee pollen products, will supply health food supplements to the Games contingent.