Nur Ayuni Farhana Abd Halim
FEVER is threatening to scupper national back-up shooter Nur Ayuni Farhana Abd Halim's Sea Games debut as she struggles to recover in time for her event on Friday.
Nur Ayuni fell ill on arrival in Vientiane on Monday night and is also fighting off a bout of cough and flu.
Her absence could also affect Malaysia's medal chances in the women's 10m air rifle event where she is due to team up with Nur Suryani Taibi and Shahera Rahim Raja.
"I've not been feeling well since we arrived and I've come down with fever and cough. As we only checked into the Games Village at midnight, I've not had much rest either.
"Since my event is still three days away (Friday), I hope to recover in time," said Nur Ayuni, 18, when met during the Malaysian shooters' training session at the National Sports Complex shooting range yesterday.
National Shooting Association of Malaysia executive secretary Mej (rtd) Jasni Shaari said a replacement shooter is on standby in case Nur Ayuni, who came close to breaking the national record in the women's individual 10m air rifle at the National Championships last month, has still not recovered.
"We have a total of five women rifle shooters and either Muslifah Zulkifli or Nur Ain Ibrahim could replace her. So it is not too much of a worry as Nur Ayuni's health takes precedence," he said.
At the 2007 Sea Games in Thailand, Malaysia won silver in the women's air rifle team event with the hosts winning gold. NST