A workshop involving representatives from the various National Sports Associations (NSAs) was held on Tuesday, 22nd August 2023 at the Tenera Hotel, Bandar Baru Bangi, to determine the medal target and identify podium prospects of the Malaysian Contingent at the upcoming 19th Asian Games Hangzhou 2022.
In the workshop organised by the National Sports Council (NSC), representatives from 26 NSAs were given the opportunity to justify their medal prospects based on current form and rankings before a panel headed by the Secretary General of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Ts. Dr. Nagulendran Kangayatkarasu and the Vice President of OCM and Chef de Mission, Dato’ Chong Kim Fatt.
Other members of the panel were Dato’ Ahmad Shapawi Ismail, Director General of the NSC, Mr. Arrifin Mohd Ghani, Deputy Director General of the NSC, Mr. Jefri Ngadirin, Director of Athletes Division of the NSC, Mr. Mohamad Fawwaz Jamal, Head of High-Performance Branch of the National Sports Institute (NSI) as well as Mr. Fong Wan Hor and Mr. Norhashimi Hussain, the General Managers of the OCM.
The official declaration of the medal target will be announced during the Flag Handing Ceremony, which will be graced by the Prime Minister, Y.A.B Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim, scheduled on Monday, 11th September 2023.
The athletes’ form guide was dissected based on their latest performance on the international arena and by comparing those with the current form of their direct rivals in their respective disciplines, taking into account the previous performance at the 18th Asian Games Jakarta-Palembang 2018.
The NSAs had earlier conducted an in-depth discussion with the officials from the NSC and NSI before stating their cases in formulating the required strategies to achieve their respective medal targets.
A final assessment will be conducted after a number of international competitions such as the 40th FIG Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championship in Valencia, Badminton’s BWF China Open in Changzhou and the BWF Hong Kong Open and Squash’ Qatar Classics and the Charlottesville Open in the United States, just ahead of the departure of the Malaysian Contingent to Hangzhou.
The OCM had earlier named 292 athletes (191 males and 101 females) to participate in the Hangzhou Asian Games from 23rd September to 8th October 2023. They will be accompanied by 121 team officials and coaches.
“Having had the opportunity to listen and observe the NSAs justification, I firmly believe the Malaysian Contingent will come up with a realistic medal target based on the current performance of the potential medallists.”
“As we enter the final lap of preparation, we hope our athletes especially those who have been identified as medal prospects, to remain focused on the mission and above all avoid injury” said Dato’ Chong Kim Fatt.
: National Sports Council