The National Shooting Association of Malaysia (NSAM) has urged all elite shooters to seize the final opportunity of qualifying for the Rio Olympics 2016 at the Asian Shooting Championships (ASC) 2015 in Kuwait next month.
Team manager, Datuk Musa Omar said they will be sending 24 shooters to Kuwait, including five junior shooters, to try and secure as many Olympic slots as possible.
“There’s going to be stiff competition from China, India, Thailand and Vietnam.
“Apart from the senior shooters, we are also placing our hopes on junior shooters who have shown encouraging performances in several local championships such as Alia Sazana Azahari and Siau Cuili.
“We hope the junior shooters can also gain valuable exposure and experience by competing with shooters from other countries before appearing in the SEA Games or other competitions,” he told Bernama, recently.
Asian Shooting Championships (ASC) has been a great platform for Malaysia as both Nor Suryani and Hasli Izwan qualified for previous Olympics through this tournament.
Nor Suryani qualified for the London Olympics after finishing fourth in the Women’s 10m Individual Air Rifle at the ASC 2012 in Doha, Qatar.
Meanwhile, Hasli Izwan qualified for the Beijing Olympics after winning a silver medal in the 25m Rapid Fire event at the ASC 2007 in Kuwait.
List of 24 shooters:
Men: Mohd Ezuan Nasir Khan, Muhammad Zubair Mohamad, Nik Muhd A’mullah Supardi, Muhd Hassanul Adzhar Mohd Badrin, Zul Haziq Rosli, Jonathan Wong Guanjie, Eddy Chew, Mohd Hadafi Jaafar, Hasli Izwan Amir Hasan, Hafiz Adzha.
Women: Nur Ayuni Farhana Abdul Halim, Nur Suryani Mohamed Taibi, Muslifah Zulkifli, Haslisa Hameed, Nur Syahirah Zulkifli, Bibiana Ng Pei Chin, Joseline Cheah, Alia Sazana Azahari, Siau Cuili.
Juniors: Abdul Hadi Abd Malek, Mohd Lutfi Othman, Juain Izni Zamil, Judith Sharon Jimmy, Nur Zunaira Zakaria.