A surprise omission, the 30-year-old admitted that he felt hard done by the decision made by the National Shooting Association of Malaysia (NSAM) as he was consistent last year even though he took part in fewer competitions.
Ezuan, who has been with the national team for 14 years, was still tops among the male rifle shooters in the country. He qualified for the finals of his events in the SEA Games and won several golds medals last year in the South East Asia Shooting Championships (SEASA) and domestic tournaments.
Besides Ezuan, the others dropped are pistol shooter Joseline Cheah and rifle expert Shahera Rahim Raja.
Now, Ezuan hopes to prove the national selectors wrong by doing his best in the President Ally T.H. Ong Trophy 2020 from today to Sunday.
“I am very disappointed to have been dropped. Last year, I maintained my results. I believe seniors like us can be retained and improved, not discarded just like that,” he said.
“I accept the decision by NSAM even though I feel it is not fair.
“Some shooters who did not even qualify for the finals at the SEA Games are still part of the programme.
“It is even more painful to get this news after my surgery for a deviated septum (a bent bone in his nose).”
Ezuan still trains at the shooting range in the National Sports Council (NSC) for the tournament, which will be held at the National Shooting Range in Subang.
He said there was no bitterness but he was just in the mood to prove to people that he still was the best the nation has.
“I just started training after the operation, so I hope I can do better in the Ally Ong tournament. In the Selangor Shooting Championships, I managed two silvers in the 10m air rifle and 10m air rifle mixed team with Nur Suryani Mohd Taibi and finished 14th in the 50m rifle prone men.
“I want to be better at this tournament.”
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