Tuesday, June 16, 2015

NSC revise SEA Games medal target

SINGAPORE: Just as the Singapore SEA Games are ending, the NSC shift the medal target.

National Sports Council (NSC) director general Datuk Ahmad Shapawi Ismail said on Monday the medal target is now 184.

Last month, Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said the target was to win 56% of the medals contested, meaning the contingent must rake in 187 medals.

But Shapawi explained the revised target was due to Malaysia dropping out of six events.

“Swimmer Khoo Cai Lin fell sick and did not compete in two events. Track and field athlete Mohd Hakimi Ismail skipped the long jump to focus on the triple jump. We also didn’t compete in three sailing events, so it affected our target.

“We set the 56% target initially because on average we won about 55% of the medals in previous Games,” said Shapawi.

To date, Malaysia have won 60 golds, 55 silvers and 66 bronzes for a total of 181 medals.

And with five medals in the bag from badminton on the final day on Tuesday, it’s obvious the new 184 target will be fulfilled.

The Star Online

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