Friday, 5 March 2010

OCM Targeting One Medal For Badminton At Junior Olympics

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 26 (Bernama) -- The Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) is targeting at least one medal for the national junior badminton squad at the Junior Olympics in Singapore from Aug 14 to 26.

OCM honorary secretary Datuk Sieh Kok Chi said the target was made based on the potentials shown by the junior squad in several championships at the national level previously.

"However, it is too early for us to name the shuttler who has the potential to win the medal as the selection for the badminton events has yet to be made by the main body for the sport," he said when contacted by Bernama, here Friday.

Sieh said so far the OCM had only received confirmation for the yachting team. However, for other events such as badminton, swimming, shooting, diving, the confirmation will be received soon.

He said that host Singapore had specified that each country could only send 70 athletes because the Junior Olympics was being held for the first time.

"As such, although Singapore is near, we cannot send as many athletes as we like," he said.

The Junior Olympics will offer 26 events including aquatics, archery, athletics, badminton, basketball, boxing, canoeing, fencing, football, equestrian, gymnastics, handball, hockey, judo, shooting, weightlifting and cycling.


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