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More will qualify for Tokyo Olympics - Syed Saddiq

Last update: 16/07/2019
PUTRAJAYA, July 16 (Bernama) -- The number of national athletes qualifying for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics is expected to increase by the end of the year following the encouraging performance shown by them, said Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman.

He said that he was briefed by the National Sports Council (NSC) and several sports associations who expressed confidence that athletes under them could qualify for the Olympics.

From the briefing, he said the men’s and women’s hockey events had bright prospects of participating in the world’s largest sporting event.

"Our main focus is to ensure that only those qualified represent the country," he told reporters after attending the Youth and Sports Skills Training Institute (ILKBS) Convocation, here today.

Syed Saddiq added that the success of national diving pair Pandelela Rinong and Leong Mun Yee to book tickets to the Tokyo Olympics should inspire other athletes who were hunting for their berths in the Games next year.

“We hope the good performance will continue to improve,” said Syed Saddiq in commenting on Mun Yee and Pandalela winning a silver medal in the women’s synchronised 10 metres (m) platform at the 18th FINA World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea on Sunday, which enabled them to qualified for the Tokyo Olympics.


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