Only three shooters assured of Commonwealth Games spots

PETALING JAYA: Only three shooters – Hasli Izwan Amir Hasan, Bibiana Ng and Nur Suryani Mohd Taibi – are assured of participation in the New Delhi Commonwealth Games in October.

Although the National Shooting Association of Malaysia (NSAM) have listed 28 shooters who had beaten the qualifying mark of at least the sixth-place at the previous Games, the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) have made it clear to them that only medal prospects will be given the nod.

The NSAM secretary, Jasni Shaari, said: “We only recommended shooters who qualified on merit. The OCM, however, want quality instead of quantity.

“I think it is a good thing but it will be unfair to those who have qualified on merit.”

Jasni added that pistol shooter Hasli, Bibiana and Nur Suryani Taibi were the only ones assured of places in the team.

The trio were medal winners at the last Games in Melbourne in 2006.

Bibiana partnered Joseline Cheah to take silver in the 10m air pistol pairs while Hasli and Nur Suryani took bronze in the 25m rapid fire pistol and 50m rifle three-position events respectively.

Nur Suryani also won a historic silver medal for Malaysia in the 10m air rifle event in the Melbourne leg of the ISSF World Cup earlier this year.

“They are the most consistent shooters in the national team. They have also been doing well in both international and local meets,” said Jasni.

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