SINGAPORE, June 16 (Bernama) -- The Malaysian petanque squad are to participate in two international championships soon as part of the preparations for the 2017 SEA Games that Malaysia will host, said manager Zanilisa Mohamed.
These are the Men Petanque Confederation Cup in New Caledonia in October and the 15th Women Petanque World Championships in Bangkok in November, he said.
"We are not setting any target for the squad at the two championships because the world's best players will be there. Hopefully, our squad can put up a good performance," he told Bernama.
"We do not yet know the domestic and international calendar for next year. I feel these two championships are important early preparations to boost the performance of our squad before the 2017 SEA Games," he said.
The Malaysian petanque squad won one gold, three silver and one bronze medals at the 28th SEA Games here, an improvement from the two silver and one bronze medals secured at the Laos SEA Games in 2009.
Thailand emerged as the overall champion in petanque at the Singapore SEA Games, winning eight of the 10 gold medals offered in the event.
Zanilisa said Thailand dominated petanque in the SEA Games because their squad received a big financial allocation from the government and many players were sent for training abroad for long periods.
"I am convinced that if we also receive sufficient funds (from the National Sports Council), our squad can achieve the status of the Thais one day," he said.