23 November 2003

Pesaka target four gold medals

THE National Silat Association (Pesaka) are confident of winning four gold medals in next month's SEA Games.

Pesaka president Tan Sri Muhammad Muhammad Taib said this after hosting a breaking of fast ceremony for the national exponents.

Two years ago, Malaysia won five golds - their best ever achievement in an international tournament.

Muhammad, however, cautioned the exponents to be on their toes as it will not be easy in Vietnam.

"The fact remains Vietnam are the No.

1 silat country in the world," he said.

"I expect them to win the bulk of the medals, especially since they are the hosts.

"As such, I don't expect an easy outing for our exponents.

Having said that, I believe we can win at least four gold medals." The exponents earmarked for gold are Mastura Sapuan, Mohd Azrin Abd Malek and Ahmad Shahril Zailuddin (silat olahraga) and the silat seni duo of Shalina Abd Ghaffar-Norsyahidahwati Abdullah Sani.

Azrin is gunning for his third consecutive gold medal while Shahril is the reigning world champion.

Both Mastura and Shalina-Norsyahidahwati will look for their second SEA Games title.

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