Saturday, 12 June 2010

Malaysian contingent by 15-June

The Malaysian athletes to the 19th Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, India, in October will be named by Tuesday, chef de mission Tan Sri Abdul Halil Abd Mutalib said.

He said at least 180 athletes and officials were expected to be named for the games, scheduled from Oct 3 to 14.

The athletes would vie for honours in 15 of 17 events, except seven-a-side rugby and tennis, he told reporters after attending the Queen's Baton Relay at Dataran Merdeka in conjunction with the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

About 300 participants of the baton relay covered a distance of five kilometres through roads in the federal capital to raise awareness among the public on the games.

Malaysia is the 66th destination of the baton relay, which will continue on to the Maldives (June 14), Sri Lanka (June 17), Bangladesh (June 20) and Pakistan (June 23) before ending in New Delhi (June 25).

"The selection of athletes is based on their performance beyond the standard set," Abdul Halil said, adding that the list of athletes would be announced by the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM).

On the medals target, he said he expected the Malaysian contingent to bring back between eight and 12 medals.

"We have not set any medals target on specific athletes so as to prevent any pressure on them," he said.


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