KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 13 (Bernama) -- The Malaysian contingent's failure to achieve the measly seven-gold target at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games saw a number of sports and hundreds of athletes lose their passage to the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea.
In tandem with a call by Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar who wanted the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) to enforce a stringent selection process, two sports and hundreds of athletes were dropped, two sports were demoted to category B and four sports decided to withdraw.
Cycling (road race) was dropped together with triathlon while the men's and women's hockey teams that have been riding on Category A ticket all these years were demoted to Category B.
The number of shooters were also slashed from the list of 24 to eight while canoe, fencing, golf and tennis decided to withdraw in view of the stringent criteria applied by the OCM.
OCM President Tan Sri Tunku Imran Tuanku Jaafar said the number of athletes and sports was slashed following a call by Khairy during a Commonwealth Games post-mortem meeting Tuesday to weed out sports and athletes that did not perform or live up to expectations.....