Wednesday, 23 June 2010

OCM Aims A Medal From The Pool At Youth Olympics

KUALA LUMPUR, June 22 (Bernama) -- The Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) has placed high hopes on national diver Pandalela Rinong to win a medal, regardless of the colour, at the 2010 Youth Olympics in Singapore in August.

Its honorary secretary, Datuk Sieh Kok Chi said this was based Pandelela's previous records.

"Pandalela has had a stint at the 2008 Youth Olympics in Beijing and she has a very good chance to win a medal this time around," he said.

Sieh said, however, that the youth Olympics could not be taken as benchmark to measure the capability of the contestants because not all of the world's best young athletes would be taking part.

"The OCM has its own target and if China does not send its best line-up, we have a good chance to win a medal," he told Bernama here today.

Last year, Pandalela won the bronze medal in the 10m Platform Synchronised diving with Leong Mun Yee at the FINA World Diving Championships in Rome.

Sieh said the OCM also hoped to win a medal through high jumper Navin Raj Subramaniam, who has a personal best of 2.09m.

"The OCM will 13 athletes who will contest in various sports including swimming, diving, weightlifting, badminton, synchronised gymnastics, athletics and yachting," he said.

Among the athletes are Lai Wei Li, Ooi Tze Liang (swimming), Fatin Atikah Osman (weightlifting), Sonia Cheah Su Ya, Lee Wan Nin (badminton), Mohd Ajmal Aiman Mat Hassan, Mohd Fahme Zamzam Mehamed, Mohd Amirul Shafiq Mohd Jais (athletics) and Khairuneeta Mohd Afendy (yachting).


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