Nur Suryani’s success in Sydney fires up other shooters

KUALA LUMPUR: Shooter Nur Suryani Mohd Taibi (pic) outgunned the competition last Tuesday to win a silver at the World Cup Championships in Sydney.

Now her success is set to motivate other Malaysian shooters to achieve greater success at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi in October.

The National Shooting Association of Malaysia (NSAM) executive secretary, Jasni Shaari, said that Nur Suryani’s feat was an indication of the national team’s ability to win at least one gold medal in New Delhi.

“The challenge in New Delhi is easier compared to that in Sydney because not many Olympic shooters will participate in the Commonwealth Games. I am confident our shooters will have no problem winning the gold,” he said yesterday.

Jasni added that only three shooters had thus far qualified to compete in the Commonwealth Games – Hasli Izwan Amir Hassan, Nur Suryani and Shahera Rahim Raja.

Hasli Izwan will compete in the 25m rapid fire, 25m centre fire and 50m free-pistol events while both Nur Suryani and Shahera are down for the 50m rifle prone, 50m three-position rifle and 10m air rifle events.

“The final list of qualifiers for the Games will only be known in early May upon approval by the OCM (Olympic Council of Malaysia),” said Jasni.

Seventeen sport events will be contested at the New Delhi Commonwealth Games, including shooting, weightlifting, aquatics, badminton, cycling, netball, lawn bowls, gymnastics, hockey, table tennis and boxing. – Bernama

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