KUALA LUMPUR: The National Shooting Association of Malaysia (NSAM) are hopeful that some of their national shooters will get to go for the SEA Games from Nov 30-Dec 11 under Category A.
Team manager Hayati Shamsuri said some of the shooters deserved it after delivering a total of 13 gold medals in the Southeast Asia Shooting Championship (Seasa) in Jakarta last week.
All expenses are paid for athletes under Category A but those under Category B have to fund their own trip but will be reimbursed if they win at least a silver medal.
Hayati said they would discuss with the Olympic Council of Malay_sia (OCM) after today’s steering committee meeting with National Sports Council (NSC).
NSAM are hoping for Bibiana Ng and Joseline Cheah (women’s 10m air pistol); Siau Zianyi (men’s 10m air pistol); Mohd Ezuan Nasir Khan (men’s 10m air rifle); Charles Chen, Ong Chee Kheng (men’s trap); Jantan Hintu (men’s precision pistol); and Salzuriana Zubir, Yusliana Mohd Yusof, Azeera Abd Halim (women’s precision pistol) to be given the new status.
“Based on their performances in Jakarta, these shooters deserve to be moved to Category A. We will do our best to back them, ” said Hayati.
“We believe they have what it takes to do well in the SEA Games. They’ve shown their standard in the Seasa and also the Selangor Shooting Championships. They’ve proven themselves and should be given the due reward.”
Currently, those shooters under Category A are Lutfi Othman, Shahera Rahim Raja and Nur Suryani Taibi (10m air rifle); Johnathan Wong (10m air pistol) and Bernard Yeoh (trap).
NSAM are taking part in all the events contested in Manila – men’s 10m air rifle, 10m air pistol, trap, precision pistol; women’s 10m air rifle, 10m air pistol women, precision pistol; and 10m air rifle mixed.
Malaysia won four gold medals, five silvers and three bronzes at the last SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur in 2017.
The gold medal winners were Johnathan (10m air pistol), Ezuan (50m rifle prone), Benjamin Khor (double trap) and Alia Sazana Azahari (25m pistol).