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ANOTHER SIX GET GOLD COAST TICKETS

Games Federation approve extra slots after OCM appeal

- FABIAN PETER fabian.mark@nst.com.my

SIX athletes were successful in their appeals via the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) as the Commonweal­th Games Federation (CGF) granted them quota slots for next month’s Gold Coast event.

OCM president Tunku Imran Tuanku Ja’afar confirmed that six additional athletes will make up the 178-member Malaysian contingent.

This comes after boxing was dropped from the list, following the withdrawal of Fuad Mohd Redzuan, who picked up an injury at last month’s pre-Asian Games in Indonesia.

Zaidatul Husniah Zulkifli (athletics), Danieal Haikkal Edy Suhaidee (cycling), Ho Ying (table tennis), Yang Chen Yin (triathlon), Abraham Eng and Charles Chen (both shooting) are the new additions.

Tunku Imran, who chaired OCM board meeting yesterday, said: “I would like to announce that we managed to sneak in another six athletes on the final day of registrati­on as CGF were kind enough to give us the additional slots.

“Boxing was initially part of the list, but it is no longer there because the athlete who was registered (Fuad) picked up an injury.

“So there were six appeals, and all got in.

“We all know how competitiv­e the Games are, especially with powerhouse­s like Australia, England, South Africa and Canada, but I believe our athletes will come good.

“OCM have never been the one to set targets, and we do not look at gold medals alone. Instead we look at all the medals.”

Tunku Imran added that a flagbearer has yet to be named for the games, scheduled on Apr 4-15.

“There were proposals today, but we have yet to make a decision. You will know about it in due time.”

OCM secretary general Datuk Low Beng Choo explained that the final list also included eight para athletes and 60 athletes from rugby, men's hockey, women’s hockey and basketball.

 ?? PIC BY OWEE AH CHUN ?? OCM president Tunku Imran Tuanku Ja’afar (centre), OCM deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamad Norza Zakaria (right) and OCM secretary general Datuk Low Beng Choo at the OCM board meeting yesterday.
PIC BY OWEE AH CHUN OCM president Tunku Imran Tuanku Ja’afar (centre), OCM deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamad Norza Zakaria (right) and OCM secretary general Datuk Low Beng Choo at the OCM board meeting yesterday.

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