All the right strokes – legend Nurul motivates athletes for SEA Games

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  • Friday, 09 Aug 2019

All is good: (from left) SEA Games chef-de-mission Datuk Megat Zulkarnain Omardin, deputy chef-de-mission Nurul Huda Abdullah and pole vaulter Chuah Yu Tian checking on the apparatus for athletes during a visit to the National Sports Council Training Track in Bukit Jalil yesterday. — Bernama

KUALA LUMPUR: Who can motivate our SEA Games-bound athletes better than former swimming ace Nurul Huda Abdullah?

The Selangor freestyle and medley swimmer bagged a record 22 golds in three Games – Bangkok (1985), Jakarta (1987) and Kuala Lumpur (1989).

The 47-year-old Nurul, who is deputy chef-de-mission for the 30th edition of the Games in the Philippines from Nov 30-Dec 11, visited the track and field athletes at the National Sports Council Training Track in Bukit Jalil together with chef-de-mission Datuk Megat Zulkarnain Omardin yesterday.

Nurul said the athletes should make the country proud in the biennial Games.

“I know all of you have trained hard and you should use this opportunity to deliver your best,” said Nurul.

“For those who are making their debut, go with a positive approach and don’t fear the other athletes. Go out there and prove yourselves that you too can give 100%.

“Winning and losing is part and parcel of the Games but you all must go there and do your personal best and make a name for yourself at the Games.

“When I was an athlete, I always give more than 100%,” said Nurul, who was the first Malaysian female swimmer to win two silvers and two bronzes at the 1986 Seoul Asian Games.

At the KL SEA Games in 2017, Malaysia bagged eight golds, eight silvers and nine bronzes in athletics.

A total of 45 gold medals will be offered in athletics, which will be held at New Clark City from Dec 1-9.

Megat said that the good news for the athletes is that there will be no traffic congestion.

“In Manila, the traffic is bad as athletes will have to head to their respective venues a few hours earlier.

“There is also no problem with food in Clark as they serve halal food,” said Megat.

To-date, only 15 have qualified on merit in athletics for the Games.

The Malaysian Open from Aug 16-18 will be the last chance for the athletes to book their berths.
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