Friday, June 12, 2015

Keep on winning, SEA Games athletes

KUDOS to our athletes at the 28th SEA Games who have so far won 27 gold medals out of the lofty 54 target set by their respective National Sports Associations.

Our athletes are striving to achieve the goal in 35 of the 36 sporting events they are competing in from June 5 till June 16.

Our divers performed extraordinarily well early this week, making a clean sweep of eight gold medals with their world class performance.

On Wednesday our athletes bagged six more gold, which means we have reached the halfway mark of 54 gold medals already, and we are hoping there will be many more on the cards.

We have until June 16 to do so and hopefully give some relief to the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) and the Youth and Sports Ministry, which actually did not set any real target.

As the National Sports Association claims, their goal is to expose their young talents to as many sports events as possible to prepare them for the Kuala Lumpur 2017 Games, which makes sense.

Singapore as host are leading the medal tally with 60 gold medals, showing that their investment of over S$300 mil is reaping the harvest.

At the 2013 SEA Games in Myanmar, we captured 43 gold medals.

Our best ever performance was a gold medal haul of 111, 98 silver and 86 bronze in 2001 at the SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur.

We were overall champion then and we must repeat this in Kuala Lumpur in two years’ time.

It is heartening to learn that the best performing sports is diving, which has captured eight gold medals through Ooi Tze Liang, Pandelela Rinong, Ahmad Amsyar Azman, Nur Syazrin Latif, Leong Mun Yee, and Traisy Viven Tukiet.

They were outstanding and a great inspiration to our other athletes.

It is good to see our athletes bringing fame and honour to our country amid the gloom after the Mount Kinabalu earthquake, which claimed 18 lives including Singaporean school children.

The biggest letdown was our football team which, with their 5-1 loss to Vietnam and 1-0 loss to Thailand, failed to qualify for the semi-finals.

FAM must go back to the drawing board to address this poor performance and not give the same excuses of poor management and planning.

For the rest of the Games, we want to see our athletes rise to the occasion and get more gold medals.

Athletics, which is not performing up to expectation, must capture not less than four golds, bowling five, pencak silat three, shooting four, squash four, waterskiing three, wushu three, one each in men and women hockey, netball, billiard and snooker, and cycling, and badminton, two.

Good luck to our athletes. Stay focused to fly our Jelur Gemilang with pride by winning more gold medals.

C. SATHASIVAM SITHERAVELLU

Former National Athlete 
Seremban 
 
The Star Online

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