JOHOR BAHARU, Aug 10 (Bernama) -- The national silat exponents are ready for next month's SEA Games despite having two world champions dropped from their line-up.
National silat olahraga coach Ahmad Khusari Ibrahim despite the abscence of Azlinda Ahmad and Mohd Zakri Ibrahim, dropped for disciplinary problems, the national squad had able replacements.
The exponents are however expected to face stiff challenge from regional silat powerhouses Indonesia and Vietnam apart from Brunei and Singapore, he said.
"Zakri and Azlinda will be missed but we have capable replacements," he told Bernama here today.
The SEA Games silat competition will be held at the Johor Corporation's Indoor Stadium in Pasir Gudang near here. There are 21 gold, 21 silver and 32 bronze medals at stake.
The national silat squad of 23 exponents including eight women are undergoing intensive training here and in Pasir Gudang.
The men's silat squad: Ahmad Faisal Omar, Ahmad Shahril Zailudin, Azhar Ahmad, Idzir Shaik Abdul Razak, Marwan Mad Rus, Mohd Azrin Abdul Malik, Mohd Roslan Ibrahim, Mohd Syafridzan Muhammad Baid, Muhammad Zainal, Nik Adli Abdullah, Shamsuddin Mohd Darus, Ismail Darus, Mohd Fajar Subhi, Roslan Hamid and Samsul Nizam.
The women's squad: Hamidah Jaafar, Noorsyahidda Wati Abdullah Sani, Shalina Abdul Ghafar, Suryati Azlinda Jack, Mastura Sapuan dan Rina Jordana Adnan, Syarina Abdul Fatah and Sukinah Buang.
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