29 November 2001


KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 28 (Bernama) -- The six Malaysian silat exponents who won gold medals at last September's SEA Games are likely to be picked for the Belgium Silat Open championship in April next year.

Malaysian Silat Federation (Pesaka) secretary general Megat Zulkarnain Omar Din said Malaysia were expected to send 15 exponents to the meet.

Based on their SEA Games performance, the six should make the squad, he told Bernama today.

At the Games, Malaysia won five golds through Ismail Darus, Mohd Azrin Abdul Malek, Ahmad Faizal Omar, Mastura Sapuan and the pair of Noor Syhahidda Wati Abdullah Sani and Shalina Abdul Ghafar.

Megat Zulkarnain said the list of representatives would be decided by the Selection Committee.

He said Pesaka's focus for next year would be the world championship to be held in Penang in October, which is expected to attract 1,000 exponents from more than 50 countries.

All training programmes would be geared towards the world championship, he said.

He said a new selection would be made to pick Malaysia's representatives for the world meet.

"Exponents from all states, including the SEA Games gold medallists, can vie for places in the team," he said.

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