SUBANG: Malaysia have abandoned their plan to send a team to the 8th Commonwealth Shooting Federation Championships in New Delhi, India from Feb 17-28 because of the high cost involved.
National Shooting Association of Malaysia (NSAM) secretary Ahmad Jasni Shaari said yesterday that it was very costly to send a team to the meet.
The meet was important as it would provide the Commonwealth countries a chance to gauge their strength and assess where they stand ahead of the Commonwealth Games in October.
Jasni said that the national team’s first international assignment would instead be the World Police Championships in Kuwait from Feb 15-22.
“The organisers wanted us to pay RM500 per night for accommodation. The entrance fee was also exorbitant with each shooter having to pay RM850.”
“On top of that, the venue is also not the same for the Commonwealth Games in October. We decided to forgo the meet.
“A total of 64 countries have confirmed their entries for the World Police meet, including several Commonwealth countries. There will be representatives from the Russia too and I am sure that the competition will be challenging. On top of that, the hosts for this event is giving us free boarding.”
Meanwhile, Jasni added that the first six months would be crucial for the shooters as it would be the time frame for them to win qualification for the Commonwealth Games.