"THE hair and the beard will go completely if my team wins three gold medals at the silat seni competition."
That's the promise of Malaysian team manager Othman Jufri three days before the silat competition begins at the Pasir Gudang Indoor Stadium on Tuesday.
And he believes his athletes will be able to make him pay, albeit with his hair and beard.
"Things have gone so well for us in the past two months and I am confident they will deliver the three golds we are looking for," he said yesterday.
Norshidawati Abdullah and Salina Abdul Ghafar are his pick to win the women's doubles while Ahmad Faisal Omar is tipped to win in the men's solo.
All in all Malaysia are looking at six gold medals in silat - three in pencak silat and three in seni silat.
Othman's confidence stems from the fact that his charges have been able to perform so confidently in the last two days of training at the venue proper.
"It's a rare occasion to be able to train at the venue. We have had two days working out there and the exponents felt good.
"They like the new mat and are quite comfortable with it," said Othman.
But unlike the Malaysian silat seni team, the others have not been able to get to use the venue yet and it looks unlikely that the secretariat will allow any team to train there with the competition only three days away.
"It's a rule that no other team can train at the venue. Also, we were denied permission to train at the venue during the previous Sea Games in Brunei," said Othman.
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