PETALING JAYA: National shooters will get the opportunity to make a final bid to qualify for the Doha Asian Games at the World Championships, which begin in Croatia tomorrow.
NSAM secretary Jasni Shari said that Asiad shooting was of a very high standard and they would not fund the participation of those who failed to meet the qualifying marks as Category B athletes.
The World Championships end on Aug 5 and the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) have set Aug 28 as the deadline for national sports associations to submit their list of athletes for the Asian Games scheduled for Dec 1-15.
“We will recommend those who did not meet the qualifying mark but have performed well in the past 12 months,” said Jasni.
“It is up to the OCM to consider whether they are good enough to be included in the contingent. But for those who are not successful, we will not fund their participation in the Games.
“The level of competition at the Asian Games is much higher than in the Commonwealth Games. They won’t stand a chance against the world-class shooters from China, Japan and South Korea.”
The last time Malaysia won an Asiad shooting medal was in the 1986 Games in Seoul. Then, Peter Lim won a silver in the trap competition.
Only two of the five shooters under the 2006 Asiad programme – Mohd Hameleay Mutalib and Nur Suryani Mohd Taibi – have met the qualifying mark set by the OCM. Both of them made the grade in the 50m rifle prone event at the Ally T.H. Ong Trophy championships in February.
Those who have yet to qualify are Bibiana Ng (women’s pistol), Nurul Hudda Baharin (women’s rifle) and Hasli Izwan Amir Hasan (men’s pistol).
The third shooter, Joseline Cheah, met the qualifying mark in winning the 10m air pistol gold medal in the South-East Asian Shooting Associations (Seasa) championships in Hanoi earlier this month. But she is under the Gemilang 2006 programme.
Malaysia will be represented by 22 shooters in the World Championships.
Of the five in the Asiad programme, Hameleay has opted out because he has to complete his Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) course in Cheras.
Besides Joseline, the other Gemilang shooters for the championships are Mohd Riduan, Hafiz Adzha, Azlan Johari, Afiq Alias, Mohd Sheriff Omar Sheriff, Tan Kian Seem, Muslifah Zulkifli, Mariani Rafali, Nasreena Nazaruddin, Nor Ain Ibrahim, Siti Nur Masitah Ibrahim, Abdul Malick Norerffani, Fatin Azreen Abdul Rahman, Ismail Wahida and Cynthia Karen Leong. Trap shooters Charles Chen and Bernard Yeoh will be footing their own bill to compete in the championships.