Archers aim to win at least one gold in Delhi Games

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian archers hope to win at least a gold medal in the Commonwealth Games to be held in New Delhi, India, from Oct 3 to 14.

National Archery Association of Malaysia (NSAM) honorary secretary Abdul Hamid Hassan said Malaysia’s gold medal target would hinge on the men’s Recurve archers.

“I have set the gold medal target based on the performance of our archers in Recurve events in the past and the Commonwealth Games Qualifiers in New Delhi last April where they finished second.

“However, the final list will only be known and announced after the Sukma (Malaysia Games) in Malacca and the World Championships in Antalya, Turkey from June 7-11,” said Abdul Hamid.

He added that the team to the Commonwealth Games would be made up of 12 archers, comprising three men and women in Recurve and another three men and women in Compound events.

Abdul Hamid said competition at the Commonwealth Games would be much stiffer compared with the Asian Games due to the presence of archers from India, England, Australia and Canada.

Meanwhile, for the Asian Games in Guangzhou, China, from Nov 12-27, Abdul Hamid said NSAM have not set any targets although Malaysia would be sending eight Recurve archers, four men and four women.       

“In the Asian Games our main rivals will be South Korea, Japan, China and India,” he said.

To prepare archers for the two major competitions, NSAM would be sending national archers to compete in world class events, especially the World Championships in Ogden, United States, in August and in Shanghai, China, in September, he said. — Bernama

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