10 September 2001


JOHOR BAHARU, Sept 7 (Bernama) -- The Malaysian exponents are capable of winning eight gold medals in the 21st SEA Games silat competition at the Pasir Gudang Indoor Stadium here on Sept 10-14.

Team manager Datuk Md Rashidi Mohd Noor said he was satisfied with the national squad's preparation especially after they returned from training in Indonesia and Thailand last month.

"We observe that they have improved after returning from training abroad," he told Bernama after watching the exponents trained at the stadium today.

He said the silat seni exponents went to Indonesia for training while their silat olahraga teammates trained in Thailand.

The SEA Games silat competition offers 21 gold, 21 silver and 32 bronze medals.

Malaysia will take part in all silat events except the men's and women's solo category in the silat seni to protest against the International Silat Federation's move to introduce new rules in the two events.

Malaysia's best show in the SEA Games silat competition was in Manila in 1991 where they won five gold medals.

Two years ago in Brunei, they won three golds.

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