MUSLIFAH FU­RI­OUS

Blasts team man­ager over as­sess­ment of her form

New Straits Times - - Sport -

AJITPAL SINGH ajit­pals­ingh@nst.com.my the In­dia leg of the World Cup the fol­low­ing month as I was on med­i­cal leave.”

Muslifah also lam­basted na­tional coach Park Sang Soon for claim­ing that Nur Suryani Taibi was men­tally and phys­i­cally bet­ter than her for the women’s 50m prone dis­ci­pline.

“It was an un­pro­fes­sional and un­fair as­sess­ment by Sang Soon... nei­ther Nur Suryani nor I have ever trained un­der him. How did he make this as­sess­ment?

“Ac­cord­ing to the state­ment, the se­lec­tion of shoot­ers for the pro­gramme is based on cur­rent per­for­mances and world rank­ing. But I do not agree with some points.

“Sang Soon has also tar­nished my rep­u­ta­tion by stat­ing that Haslisa Hamed and Nur Suryani had bet­ter re­sults than me in the prone event.

“Sabi­a­mad also made a base­less state­ment that I was ranked be­low back-up shooter Nur Afi­fah Tarmizy in the 50m three­p­o­si­tion dis­ci­pline. It is quite dumb­found­ing as Nur Afi­fah is not even ranked in the lat­est In­ter­na­tional Shoot­ing Sport Fed­er­a­tion rank­ing list,” she said.

Muslifah said she had met NSC of­fi­cials prior to the joint-work­ing com­mit­tee meet­ing be­tween the coun­cil and the Na­tional Shoot­ing As­so­ci­a­tion of Malaysia (NSAM) to dis­cuss her fu­ture af­ter be­ing dropped by Podium Pro­gramme.

“I did not want to go un­der the Kita Juara pro­gramme but NSAM rec­om­mended my name. Any­way. I have de­cided to di­rectly go un­der NSAM with a per­sonal coach and man­ager to pre­pare for up­com­ing com­pe­ti­tions.

“I still have the de­sire to com­pete at the high­est level and I will train hard to prove my qual­ity for a spot in the Sea Games team,” Muslifah added.

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