KUALA LUMPUR, July 11 (Bernama) -- Women's recurve coach, Mohd Marbawi Sulaiman is targeting his squad to win two gold medals in the 2019 SEA Games in the Philippines, in November.
The former national archer hoped that the national women’s trio, led by Nur Aliya Ghapar could retain the gold medal won in the team event at the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games in 2017, while the other medal hope would rest on the men's team recurve squad’s shoulder.
"For me, the two gold medal targets are achievable through the intensive training we have been working on and the upcoming training exposure.
"In terms of performance, the strength of countries such Vietnam, the Philippines, Indonesia and Singapore are the same, it boils down to the archers who can maintain their consistency on competition day to win," he told Bernama, recently.
Mohd Marbawi noted that his squad will be competing at the 21st Asian Archery Championships in Bangkok, Thailand on Nov 21-29 which served as a qualifying tournament for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Meanwhile, Nur Aliya expressed her confidence of retaining the gold medal in the women's recurve team at the 2017 SEA Games and noted that Indonesia and Vietnam would be the strongest challengers in their quest to retain the gold medal.
Besides winning the gold medal in the women’s recurve team event, Nur Aliya also won a silver and bronze medal in the mixed recurve and individual events, respectively.
"I hope my experience in competing in four SEA Games will help me and my teammates achieve positive results in the Philippines," said Nur Aliya.