20 May 2004


KUALA LUMPUR, May 20 (Bernama) -- Five National silat exponents will charter unfamiliar territory when they compete in the European Pencak Silat Invitational next month, as preparations for the 2006 Asian Games in Doha, Qatar.

The Malaysian Silat Association Assistant Secretary Bahrain Ibrahim said the Invitational would be a good platform to gauge the strength and weaknesses of the National exponents.

"The five were selected based on their performances in International competitions throughout last year. They are also in the 2006 Gemilang Project," he told Bernama, today.

The five are Mohd Azrin Abdul Malik, Ahmad Shahril Zainudin, Mohd Zubir Osman, Sarah Iskhak and Emy Latip.

Ahmad Sharil had won a SEA Games gold two years ago while Mohd Azrin is the winner of a silver during the 2002 World Silat Championships in Penang.

"We expect a strong challenge from Vietnam and Holland as they are the seeded teams in the Invitational. But our exponents stand a good chance to win three gold medals," said Bahrain.

The event starting from June 11-13, will see participation from 11 European and four Asian countries.

Among the countries competing are the United Kingdom, France, Belgium, Holland, Switzerland, Turkey, Vietnam, Singapore and Indonesia.

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