PALEMBANG, Nov 19 (Bernama) -- With the minimum target of 45 gold medals in hand, National Sports Council (NSC) director Datuk Zolkples Embong is confident Malaysia can win seven to 10 more gold medals at the ongoing 26th SEA Games in Indonesia.
He said the sports with gold-medal potential included track cycling, wushu, synchronised swimming and boxing.
"The haul of 45 gold medals is certainly an achievement to be proud of even though it came from unexpected events such as water skiing, athletics and fencing. "Despite the sports being not under our programme, the NSC did assist in sending our fencers for training in Italy," he told Malaysian media when attending the weightlifting event at the Badminton Stadium in Jakabaring here.
He, however, expressed regret that several sports under direct association sponsorship failed to shine at the games.
"Some failed to meet medal targets, such as taekwondo and gymnastics as well as sepak takraw where we targeted gold but we did not even obtain silver and that was really disappointing," he said.
He said the NSC would review such sports to determine whether they should continue to be under its programme.
Zolkples said he was also disappointed with subjective sports such as pencak silat which failed to deliver gold due to the marking system which favoured the host country.
From Ainul Huda Mohamed Saaid