KUALA LUMPUR: The national shooters have not had it easy ahead of the Philippines SEA Games in November.
Earlier this year, their preparations were affected when the Subang Shooting Range was temporarily closed due to safety issues earlier this year.
Then they were told that there will be fewer events contested at the biennial Games starting from Nov 30-Dec 11.
Despite this turn of events, the National Shooting Association of Malaysia are hopeful of delivering two gold medals in Manila.
Team manager Datuk Musa Omar said they will be sending 16 shooters to take part in all the events.
The events are the men’s and women’s 10m air rifle, 10m air pistol, trap, precision pistol, 10m air rifle mixed and trap.
“It’s not like in the past Games where we compete in many events. They have now done away with the 50m distance events for rifle and 25m events, ” said Musa.
“We have shooters who specialise in these events, so our chances will certainly be affected. But I think our shooters have enough experience to put their best foot forward in their events.
“They have already resumed training at Subang and the pistol shooters are training at the NSC range in Bukit Jalil.
“The final phase of preparation will be to train them on how to handle themselves in the final. It’s all about getting their form up in the final, ” he said.
The vastly experienced squad are made up of Bibiana Ng and Joseline Cheah (10m air pistol); Mohd Ezuan Nasir Khan and Lufti Othman (10m air rifle); Charles Chen, Bernard Yeoh (trap); Nur Suryani Taibi (10m air rifle) and Johnathan Wong (10m air pistol).
Malaysia won four golds, five silvers and three bronzes out of 14 events contested at the last Games in Kuala Lumpur in 2017.
The golds came from Johnathan (10m air pistol), Ezuan (50m rifle prone), Benjamin Khor (double trap) and Alia Sazana Azahari (25m pistol).