|June 23, 2007 22:09 PM|
KUALA LUMPUR, June 23 (Bernama) — The Malaysian Amateur Athletics Union (MAAU) will send 10 athletes for a one-month training stint in Bulgary as well as competing in various competitions in Europe this month.
Its vice-president, Karim Ibrahim said the training was in preparation for the 24th Southeast Asian Games in Korat, Thailand, in December.
“It’s one way of giving them the right exposure to high-level competitions as well as building their self-confidence,” he told Bernama when contacted here today.
Karim added that MAAU’s main objective was winning more medals than the previous Manila SEA Games in 2005.
He said that the final list of Malaysian athletes for the Korat Games would be announced by MAAU president and Perlis Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Shahidah Kassim in a month’s time.
The 10 athletes for the European training stint consisted of six men and four women competing in various field and track events.
The six male athletes are Mohd Robani Hassan (110m hurdles), Muhd Faiz Mohamad (110m hurdles), Rayzam Shah Wan Sofian (110m Hurdles), Mohd Syah Amri Md Suhaimi (Long Jump), Shahadan Jamaludin (400m hurdles) and Lee Hap Wei (High Jump).
While the women athletes are Moh Siew Wee (100m hurdles), Ngew Sin Mei (Long Jump and Triple Jump), Siti Hasdah (Hammer Throw) and Roslinda Samsu (Pole Vault).
He said Roslinda Samsu, who was the gold medalist in Pole Vault at the Manila SEA Games and had qualified for the Beijing Oylmpics next year, will undergo a special training arrangement in Germany under an Australian coach.
“They will depart to Bulgary on June 27, led by national head coach, Mohd Hanafi Latip.
“After the completion of the training, MAAU will evaluate their performance and finalise the potential medalists to represent Malaysia in the Korat SEA Games,” he said.
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