20 September 2004


KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 20 (Bernama) -- Malaysian exponents for the World Silat Championship will be from among those who performed well at the National Silat Tournament in Kuantan on Oct 4-9.

The World Silat Championship will be held at Beduk Sports Hall, Singapore on Dec 12-20.

National Silat Association (Pesaka) assistant secretary Bahrain Ibrahim said 19 teams would be competing in Kuantan.

Speaking to Bernama here today, he said all shortlisted exponents would train at Bukit Jalil National Sports Complex next month.

Malaysia would send 29 competitos to Singapore. Seventeen exponents including six women will compete in silat olahraga while 12 including six women are in silat seni category.

Bahrain said Malaysian silat exponents were capable of winning three to four gold medals at the World Championship.

He said United Kingdom, France, Indonesia, Vietnam, Australia, Belgium, Netherlands and Saudi Arabia were among 31 nations taking part in the Singapore tournament.

Bahrain also said Malaysia won six gold and two silver medals at the Swiss Open Silat Championship last month.

Among the gold medallists were Mohd Azrin Abdul Malik, Mohd Zubir Osman, Emy Latip, Ahmad Sharil Zainuddin and Siti Jameelah Md Japilus, he said.

They also performed well to win four gold medals at the Belgium Open last April and European Invitational Championship in United Kingdom in June.

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