NSC: It’s Malaysia’s best-ever performance

THE verdict is out.

The Malaysian contingent delivered their best-ever performance at the Commonwealth Games going by the number of participants, according to the National Sports Council’s assessment which was delivered by board member and Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) president Tan Sri Dr Mohd Norza Zakaria at a press conference after the Games.

“In total, our athletes won seven golds, eight silvers and eight bronzes to finish 10th in the medal tally. This was better than the 2018 Gold Coast Games where we finished 12th. This was our best performance as we only sent 104 athletes compared to the 2010 New Delhi Games when there were over 200,” said Norza.

He also pointed out that Malaysia had equalled the seven-gold medal haul of the 2018 edition.

Norza then went on to praise the youngsters who shone in Birmingham.

Among those who caught the eye were 17 year-old rhythmic gymnast Ng Joe Ee, 20-year-old weightlifter Mohd Aniq Kasdan and 22-year-old shuttler Ng Tze Yong.

“Our youngsters have proved that there is a bright future in these sports and they are capable of performing at a high level in major events,” said Norza.

While there were some unexpected performers who stole the show, there were also those who did not live up to expectations.

Chef de mission Datuk Shahrul Zaman Yahya admitted that changes were needed in lawn bowls and diving which failed to hit their one-gold target.

“In lawn bowls, Siti Zalina Ahmad has been in the team since 2010. Younger bowlers are needed to give the team fresh impetus ahead of the 2026 Victoria Games.

“It’s the same for diving as we can see England, Australia and Canada have divers from the age of 17 to 19 participating. We need to produce younger divers,” explained Shahrul.

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