PETALING JAYA: National pistol shooter Johnathan Wong (pic) will fly to New Delhi, India, with one mission – to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
He aims break the 580 point score in the air pistol event in the ISSF Shooting World Cup from Feb 20-28 to make the Olympic cut.
Johnathan is looking forward to getting back into competitive mode after going through training without any competitions since the Asian Games in Indonesia last year.
The Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) student, whose personal best is 585, has not broken the 580 mark for many years, and wished to do so in New Delhi.
“I’ve not achieved 580 for some time due to several factors. My old pistol had issues ... I finally changed it but I’m still getting used to the new one,” said Johnathan.
“I also lost momentum because the lack of competitions, and then I also had a muscle strain issue last year, but I’m recovering well now.”
The World Cup will be Johnathan’s first competition in six months, and he will take it in his stride.
“It’ll be challenging to achieve a great result,” he added.
“The tournament will be a good benchmark for me.
“I hope to achieve 580 before the year ends.”
The 2017 SEA Games gold medallist has been offered a Tier 3 contract by the National Sports Council (NSC).
“The funds will be provided to the national association, and they’ll be responsible for the planning.”