Out you go! Muslifah and Ayuni dropped from SEA Games squad


50M Rifle 3 positions women winner, Shahera Rahim Raja at Subang Shootng Range.AZHAR MAHFOF/The Star

KUALA LUMPUR: Women rifle shooters Muslifah Zulkifli and Nur Ayuni Farahan Abdul Halim have been dropped from the SEA Games squad due to indiscipline.

National Shooting Association of Malaysia (NSAM) honorary secretary Adam Tee said that the duo’s performances were affected since being dropped from the Podium Programme in March.

“They also did not listen to instructions given by the coaches and also skipped training without any reasons,” said Adam, who is also the NSAM competitions chairman.

“Muslifah and Nur Ayuni should have focused on training and competitions despite being dropped from the Podium Programme, but they didn’t. So, we have to drop them for indiscipline.”

Adam said this after submitting the name list of 23 shooters – 16 men and seven women – to the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) SEA Games selection committee yesterday.

Muslifah and Nur Ayuni featured in the three rifle events – 10m air rifle, 50m rifle prone and rifle three position – in the Singapore SEA Games in 2015.

They will be replaced by Games debutant Nur Izazi Rosli, 17, and Shahera Rahim Raja (pic).

A surprise inclusion is 14-year-old Eng Wei Jin, who won gold in the men’s individual double trap at the 41st South-East Asia (SEASA) Shooting Championships at the National Shooting Range in Subang last month.

He will be the youngest Malaysian shooter in the biennial Games.

Adam, who revealed that NSAM have set a four-gold target for the Games, said that 17 shooters are in Daegu, South Korea, for a 42-day training-cum-competition.

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