NSAM to host local meets to prepare for SEA Games

KUALA LUMPUR: The National Shooting Association of Malaysia (NSAM) plan to host two local competitions between September and December, as early preparation for next year’s SEA Games in Vietnam.

The two tournaments – National Shooting Championships and Tun Hanif Trophy – will be held at the National Shooting Range in Subang.

National shooting team manager Datuk Musa Omar said NSAM had yet to decide on the suitable dates for the two tournaments as they still had to streamline the standard operating procedure (SOP) for the hosting of tournaments as stipulated by the authorities.

“We plan to have the two competitions two months apart, either in September and November or in October and December,” he told a press conference after attending a working committee meeting with representatives from the National Sports Council (NSC) and National Sports Institute (NSI) on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Musa said NSAM would request to the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) for the team rifle event to be contested at the next SEA Games as he claimed that Vietnam planned to drop the event.

“Our (team’s) strength lies in the team rifle event. If it’s dropped, our gold medal hopes will diminish,” he said.

Based on the provisional list, Vietnam plans to host 36 sports next year.

They are athletics, aquatics (swimming and diving), archery, badminton, basketball, boxing, canoe, cycling (road and mountain bike), dancesport, fencing, football/futsal, golf, gymnastics, handball, volleyball, judo, karate, rowing, shooting, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, weightlifting, wrestling, billiards and snooker, chess/xiangqi (Chinese chess), Muay, pencak silat, petanque, sepak takraw, fin swimming, bodybuilding, wushu, kurash, kickboxing, vovinam (Vietnamese martial arts).

The 31st edition of the SEA Games is scheduled to be held in Hanoi from Nov 21 to Dec 2. — Bernama

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