03 September 2009

Silat Exponents Must Prove Worth In Hanoi

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 2 (Bernama) -- Only silat exponents, who show their prowess at the Hanoi Indoor Championship early next month, will represent Malaysia in the Laos SEA Games.

National silat manager Osman Nok said although three exponents had been identified, the names of 12 athletes would be finalised after the indoor championship.

"All silat exponents have the opportunity to prove their worth. Only the best will be selected," he told Bernama.

Osman, who is Malaysian National Silat Federation (Pesaka) coordinator, said only three seni silat athletes had been nominated and this threw the field for nine more exponents in the athletic silat events now wide open.

The trio are Suzi Sulaiman, who will take part in the Tunggal Puteri event, and Ganda Putra pair Mohd Hafiz Mohd Haris and Mohd Helmi Aziz.

Osman said he believed the national squad to the Laos SEA Games could perform better than the Korat SEA Games squad, which bagged only one silver medal and five bronze medals.

He said due to the fasting month of Ramadan, the silat athletes were put through their paces at night in preparation for the indoor championship.


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