RIDERS READY TO RIDE HIGH

Team­mates in­spired to de­liver in Sul­tan Mizan’s ab­sence

New Straits Times - - Sport - ADRIAN DAVID nst­sport@nst.com.my

THE with­drawal of Sul­tan Mizan Zainal Abidin is a huge loss, but his team­mates are ready to do their part and win gold medals in the Sea Games eques­trian en­durance in­di­vid­ual and team events in Setiu on Aug 20.

The Tereng­ganu ruler with­drew due to his horse be­ing deemed un­fit to com­pete in the Sea Games.

Those named for the en­durance event yes­ter­day were Fuad Hashim, Bulkhari Rozali, Ad­hwa Em­bong, Faris Haikal Mohd Has­san, Az­izatul Asma Ab­dul­lah (all from Tereng­ganu) and Ke­lan­tan’s Yus­ran Yusuf.

“Ad­hwa and Az­izatul are the con­tenders, while the oth­ers will pro­vide sup­port and un­less there are is­sues with their horses, we are very con­fi­dent of win­ning gold medals,” said Tereng­ganu Youth, Sports and Hu­man Re­sources Com­mit­tee chair­man Datuk Rozi Ma­mat at the soft launch of the Sea Games en­durance com­pe­ti­tion in Gong Badak yes­ter­day.

Those present were Sul­tan Mizan, Sports Min­is­ter Khairy Ja­malud­din and Men­teri Be­sar Datuk Seri Ah­mad Razif Ab­dul Rah­man.

Az­izatul said he and his team­mates hold a slight ad­van­tage as they are fa­mil­iar with the route.

“How­ever, any­thing can hap­pen on race day. We ex­pect a strong chal­lenge from Thai­land,” said Az­izatul.

The other con­firmed riders are from Cam­bo­dia, Sin­ga­pore and Brunei.

Ad­hwa, who took fourth po­si­tion at this year’s Sul­tan Mizan En­durance Cup, said his team are pre­pared, thanks to over­seas ex­po­sure and com­pe­ti­tions.

Khairy, in his speech, said 75 out of the 844 Sea Games ath­letes are from Tereng­ganu.

PIC BY GHAZ­ALI KORI

Sul­tan Mizan Zainal Abidin meets the riders who will rep­re­sent the coun­try at the soft launch of the 2017 Sea Games en­durance com­pe­ti­tion in Gong Badak yes­ter­day.

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