ONE former world champion, one world runner-up and four Sea Games gold medallists have been shortlisted along with 21 other silat exponents for the Sea Games in September.
They are 1997 world champion Azhar Ahmad, 2000 world silver medallist Nik Adli Nik Abdullah, 1999 Brunei Games champions Mohamed Azrin Malik and Marwan Mat Rus, 1995 champion Ahmad Faisal Omar and 1993 Games champion Roslan Hamid.
Also in the list that has a mix of of national team A and team B following a trial on Saturday are Brunei silver medallist Shalina Abdul Ghafar and bronze winner Rina Jordana Adnan.
Their mission is to win eight gold medals in the coming Games, three more than our Games best in Manila in 1991.
National Silat Federation (Pesaka) secretary-general Megat Zulkarnain Omardin believes they have what it takes to achieve that.
"They are all capable of winning gold," he said yesterday. "However, the sport has many 50-50 situation where points can go either way in a fight and this can be subjective as shown in many silat tournaments before."
Malaysia won three gold medals in Brunei while Vietnam emerged as the best with seven.
Malaysia will compete in 19 out of the 21 events here.
"We don't agree with the new regulations for the solo show. They want to standardise the movements meaning there will be no more freestyle. So we are not sending any exponents in both the men and women's solo show," he said.
There are 10 classes for men and six for women and each will be represented by one exponent while three names Nik Adli, Abang Erdie Fauzerul and Ismail Darus have been listed for the men's class A and B.
Pesaka have also listed two names each for men's class F and women's class C and F, meaning four exponents must be dropped later.
THE LIST - Putra: Ismail Darus, Nik Adli Nik Abdullah, Abang Erdie Fauzerul, Ahmad Shahril Zailuddin, Shamsudin Md Darus, Muhamad Fajar Subhi, Roslan Hamid, Azman Mat Zain, Azhar Ahmad, Shamsul Nizam, Mohd Azrin Malik, Ahmad Faisal Omar; Putri: Rina Jordana Adnan, Hamidah Jaafar, Syarina Abdul Fatah, Shabnan Mohd Mokhtar, Siti Sukmah Buang, Mastura Sapuan, Suryatu Azlinda Jack, Norr Haslida Halim; Tempur Putra: Marwan Mat Rus, Muhammad Zainal; Tempur Putri: Noor Syahidda Wati Abdullah Sani, Shalina Abdul Ghafar; Jurus Wajib: Mohd Syafridzan Muhamad Baid, Idzir Shaik Abdul Razak, Mohd Roslan Ibrahim.
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