NSC THE LAST HOPE

NSAM try­ing to sal­vage ca­reers of four shoot­ers

New Straits Times - - Sport - AJITPAL SINGH ajit­pals­ingh@nst.com.my

THERE is still hope for na­tional shoot­ers dropped from the Podium Pro­gramme.

Desperate to sal­vage the ca­reers of four re­cently dropped Podium Pro­gramme shoot­ers, the Na­tional Shoot­ing As­so­ci­a­tion of Malaysia (NSAM) will ap­peal to the Na­tional Sports Coun­cil (NSC) to ab­sorb them into the ‘Kita Juara’ Kuala Lumpur Sea Games ini­tia­tive.

For­mer World Cup sil­ver medal­list Nur Suryani Mohd Taibi, Mus­li­fah Zulk­i­fli, Nur Ayuni Farhana Ab­dul Halim and Mohd Ezuan Nasir Khan were axed from the Podium Pro­gramme last month due to poor form.

The ap­pli­ca­tions of Olympian Johnathan Wong and dou­ble trap shooter Ben­jamin Khor for in­clu­sion were also re­jected.

Jonathan is un­der the ‘Kita Juara’ pro­gramme but the other five have been left in the lurch.

Ex­cept for Ben­jamin, who fi­nances his equip­ment and prac­tice, the other four have stopped train­ing since they were dropped from the pro­gramme.

NSAM sec­re­tary Adam Tee said the five shoot­ers are needed for the Kuala Lumpur Sea Games.

“Their in­clu­sion is cru­cial as they need to be un­der a pro­gramme in or­der to pre­pare for the Sea Games. They have made sac­ri­fices for the na­tion and we hope they will not be for­got­ten,” said Adam yes­ter­day.

“The four Podium Pro­gramme dis­cards have not been train­ing. They de­pend on NSC for ev­ery­thing. I hope they will not have to re­turn their ri­fles to NSC.

“NSC will likely eval­u­ate our re­quest. The four ri­fle shoot­ers are among the elite in the coun­try and we need them to con­tinue shoot­ing in prepa­ra­tion for the Sea Games in Au­gust.”

Nur Suryani, Mus­li­fah, Nur Ayuni and Ezuan were drafted into the Podium Pro­gramme last year by virtue of be­ing medal­lists in the 2014 In­cheon Asian Games and Glas­gow Com­mon­wealth Games, but they failed to live up to ex­pec­ta­tions in the World Cup se­ries.

Ben­jamin Khor (left) and Johnathan Wong’s ap­pli­ca­tions to be in­cluded in the Podium Pro­gramme were re­jected.

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