Thursday, November 7, 2013

Wushu Squad Sets To Clinch Historic 1,000th Gold Medal For Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 6 (Bernama) -- The national wushu squad could be creating history at the Myanmar SEA Games in December as they are expected to bag the 1,000th gold medal for Malaysia since the games began in 1959.

Secretary of Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) Datuk Sieh Kok Chi said wushu events, which will begin on Dec 6 before the opening ceremony on Dec 11, could deliver the special gold medal for Malaysia.

He said wushu events, which will end on Dec 10, are offering 23 gold medals.

"Apart from wushu, Malaysia will also compete in chinlone event (a traditional Myanmar sepak takraw) before the opening ceremony. However, it would be difficult for Malaysia to win the gold medal in that event.

"Based on the national squad performance at the World Wushu Championship, I believe wushu could deliver the 1,000th SEA Games gold medal for Malaysia," he told Bernama Wednesday.

In the 2013 World Wushu Championship which ended yesterday, Malaysia was placed third in the overall medal tally with four gold, five silver and five bronze medals.

For the record, 460 gold medals from 33 events would be offered at the Myanmar SEA Games from Dec 11 to 22.

In the 2011 SEA Games in Palembang Jakarta, Malaysia bagged 59 gold medals, bringing the cumulative number of gold medals won by Malaysia in SEA Games so far to 997.

So far, only two countries have collected more than 1,000 SEA Games gold medals, namely Thailand with 1,887, and Indonesia, 1,602.

The games was formerly known as SEAP Games before it was renamed SEA Games in 1977.

On Malaysia's preparation to become the host for 2017 SEA Games, Sieh said the Council would officially inform the SEA Games Federation of Malaysia's intention today.

Yesterday Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin confirmed Malaysia would be hosting the 2017 SEA Games after the proposal was approved by the Cabinet at its meeting last week.

By Elmi Rizal Alias -- BERNAMA

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