Johnathan won’t take a shot in the dark over coming competitions

  • Shooting
  • Wednesday, 02 Jan 2019

Malaysian shooter Johnathan Wong posing after won the gold medal in the final 10m air pistol event during the SEA Games at National Shooting Range in Subang on Saturday. IZZRAFIQ ALIAS / The Star. August 26, 2017.

PETALING JAYA: Training continues for Johnathan Wong (pic) even though he doesn’t know which competitions he will be competing in this year.

The Air Pistol shooter said he’s not sure about the programme as he has not heard any planning updates from his coach or the National Sports Council (NSC).

“I will still be doing my usual training but I really hope the NSC will provide enough funding to send us for more competitions.

“I would probably know from my coach. I’m also trying to complete my degree because I only have a few more subjects to finish,” said Johnathan, an Aerospace Enginee­ring student in Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM).

He said he was aware of the restructuring programme done by the NSC but hopes to hear from the NSC on the terms of the contract for the athletes soon.

“We’re currently on a break, so I don’t think there will be any updates for now,” he said.

Johnathan said his coach wants the shooters to prepare for the Olympic qualifying, but with the NSC’s budget restaints, I don’t know for sure which competitions we will be competing in and who they will be sending.”

The first international tournament will be the World Cup in New Delhi, India, from Feb 20-28, while the first local tournament will be the President Ally T.H. Ong Trophy.

Under NSC’s tiering system, shooting is in Tier 4 as they will not take part in any games in 2018. The only Olympic events in the Manila SEA Games will be skeet and trap, which are among the 10 listed for the biennial event this year.

The National Shooting Association of Malaysia (NSAM) are appealing for the Olympic events to be included.

Like Johnathan, other shooters such as Mohamad Lutfi Othman, Nur Izazi Rosli (air rifle), Joseline Cheah (air pistol) and Hasli Izwan Amir Hasan (rapid fire) won’t compete if the appeal is rejected.

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