Malaysia eye best SEA Games outside KL with 70-gold target

Syed Saddiq passes the Jalur Gemilang to chef-de-mission Megat Zulkarnain during a ceremony today. (Bernama pic)

BANGI: Malaysia will target 70 gold, 51 silver and 105 bronze medals in the 52 sports they participate in at the Manila SEA Games.

Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman said meeting the number would put the country in the top four among 11 countries at the regional games.

Malaysia emerged overall champions at the last edition in Kuala Lumpur, winning 145 gold, 92 silver and 86 bronze medals.

“It will surpass our best achievement outside Kuala Lumpur (Korat 2007, 68 gold),” he told reporters after handing over Jalur Gemilang to chef-de-mission Megat Zulkarnain Omardin.

Also present were his deputy Steven Sim, Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin and National Sports Council director-general Shapawi Ismail.

Syed Saddiq expects athletics, gymnastics, archery and lawn bowl, as well as several new sports such e-sports and obstacle sports to be major contributors to Malaysia’s haul.

The contingent will be represented by 773 athletes – 447 male and 326 female – plus 339 officials.

At 11, men’s water-skier Adam Yoong Hanifah is the youngest while pool player Ibrahim Amir, 57, is the oldest.

The SEA Games will run from Nov 24 to Dec 11.