ALOR SETAR: After winning his first world title at the 2019 World Para Archery Championship at Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands recently, national recurve athlete, S Suresh is targeting a gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games.
The 26-year-old archer said, although his training programme had not started yet, he was already prepared to undergo training to prepare him to face great archers from South Korea, Iran and the United States.
“This is the first time I win a gold medal which books my spot to Tokyo, after taking part in many championships. So, I am targeting gold at the Paralympics next year to bring glory to Kedah and Malaysia.
“For now, we don’t know the training programme yet because the coach will discuss with his higher-ups first. I hope I can help boost the sport of archery to a higher level and attract the interest of other people,’’ he told reporters here today.
Earlier, Suresh, who is from Kuala Ketil, Kedah, received a RM5,000 incentive from Kedah Menteri Besar Mukhriz Mahathir at Wisma Darul Iman, which was also attended by his parents, Selvathamby Mudiady and, Dewani Chandran.
Meanwhile, in Kuala Lumpur, national shooting squad assistant coach, Baharudin Hashim believes the national squad is on the right path to bring home at least two gold medals from the Philippines SEA Games in November.
Baharudin, who took over the duties of coach Sabki Din early this year, revealed the squad would be banking on Jonathan Wong Guanjie and Ezuan Nasir Khan who exhibited excellent performances in several international championships.
He also divulged three countries, namely, Thailand, Singapore and Vietnam who would be Malaysia’s main challengers.
“We are focusing on the air rifle and air pistol events because they are medal prospects for us at the SEA Games.
“We are depending on Jonathan as he had beaten the gold medal winner at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, Hoang Xuan Vinh from Vietnam, prior to this,” he told Bernama after a visit by Malaysian 2019 SEA Games contingent head, Megat Zulkarnain Omardin to the national shooting squad at the National Sports Council’s shooting range here today.