Thursday, April 16, 2015

Malaysia eyeing gold in SEA Games petanque

PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian petanque team to the Singapore SEA Games in June are eyeing their first gold medal in their third outing.

Malaysian Pentaque Federation president Tan Sri Mohamad Noor Abd Rahim, in announcing the SEA Games squad on Wednesday, said that a gold medal would give the sport a better leverage.
“Petanque is a new sport in Malaysia and was only introduced in 1987. We have competed in two SEA Games (2011 in Palembang and 2013 in Myanmar) and have only managed bronze medals (three in 2011 and five in 2013),” he said.

“We won our first gold through Nurul Atiqah Abu Talib when Malaysia hosted the World Women Confederation Cup earlier this year.

“But winning gold at the SEA Games will definitely break the ice for us as Thailand are the dominant figure in this region ... and also get better publicity for the sport.”

He also said that the Mayor’s Cup this weekend at the Pentanque Arena at Taman Puda Lama in Cheras will serve as a good warm up and also give a clearer indication of the current standard of the team.

Thailand, Indonesia and Brunei are competing while Myanmar withdrew at the eleventh hour.
A total 300 participants will compete in 10 events for men and women while the physically challenged will also have a special category for them.

The Squad

Men: Ahmad Safwan Safin, Saiful Bahri Musmin, Mohamad Hafizudin Mat Daud, Mohamad Hakem Ahmad Saberi, Mohamad Nuzul Azwan Ahmad Tarmizi, Mohd Zarafi Merais, Syed Akmal Fikri Syed Ali.

Women: Nurul Atiqah Abdu Talib, Siti Zubaidah Abdu Talib, Nur Thahira Tasnim Abdul Aziz, Jasnina Jasmine Johan Johnson, Suhartisera Zamri, Nurul Ain Mohd Ali.
Coaches: Syed Ali Syed Akil, Mat Zain Yusuf, Mohad Faiza Mohamad and Nasir Mohd Noor.

by Lim Teik Huat - The Star

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