Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Sea Games: Nur Suryani Excited To Carry Jalur Gemilang At Indonesia Sea Games

PUTRAJAYA, Nov 3 (Bernama) -- As proud as she was to be chosen as the flag-bearer for the Malaysian contingent at the opening of the SEA Games in Indonesia next Friday, senior shooter Nur Suryani Mohamed Taibi today admitted that she was also nervous and excited all at the same time.

This was because Malaysia would send the biggest contingent in its history to the Southeast Asian Games with 872 athletes and officers.

"I have represented Malaysia in many sport meets before and this is a very big honour.

"I'm actually shocked when my name was announced as the flag-bearer. This is the first time for me to get such opportunity. It also means that there is a bigger responsibility for me to keep the Malaysian flag flying high," she told reporters here Thursday.

She was met after the handing-over of the Jalur Gemilang flag from Youth and Sports Minister Sukan Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek to Malaysia's chef-de-mission Datuk Naim Mohamad here today.

President of Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) Tunku Tan Sri Imran Tuanku Jaafar, OCM secretary-general Datuk Sieh Kok Chi and Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) secretary-general Datuk Azzuddin Ahmad were also present.

Nur Suryani, 29, partnered Nur Ayuni Farhana to bag the gold in the 10m air rifle pairs at the New Delhi Commonwealth Games last year.

This year, however, she will partner with Shahera Rahim Raja in the 10m air rifle pairs and with Nur Ayuni Farhana in the 50m Three Positions event.

The Perak-born shooter said she personally aimed at winning a medal from this year's games, regardless of the colour, after returning home without any gold medal from Laos SEA Games in 2009.

"I want to motivate myself because the target is realistic," said the shooter who will be competing in SEA Games for the sixth time since 2001.

In Laos, the national shooting squad only managed to six silver medals and five bronze.

The Malaysian contingent will be competing in 38 sports at the biennial games which will begin on Nov 11 until 22.


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