From Ahmad Muliady Abdul Majid
NANJING, Aug 29 (Bernama) -- The exceptional success by the Malaysian contingent in bringing home a gold medal, two silver medals and a bronze medal from the 2014 Youth Olympic Games (YOG) is a reflection of how the national athletes will fare at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil and the Tokyo Olympics four years later.
The Malaysian contingent has not only surpassed their achievement during the first edition of YOG in Singapore four years ago, with two silver medals through national diving queen Pandelela Rinong Pamg, but also proved that they are on par with world-class athletes.
The country's first gold medal of the 2014 YOG came through shuttler Cheam June Wei from the mixed doubles, while diver Loh Zhiayi accounted for a silver and bronze from the women's 10m platform individual and 3m Springboard individual, respectively, before Muhamad Zarif Syahiir Zolkifli clinched a silver from the archery range through the mixed pairs.
The achievement is considered exceptional because prior to this, the National Sports Council (NSC), as well as the Olympic Council of Malaysia (MOM), dare not set a medal target for the Malaysian contingent.
NSC Director-General Datuk Seri Zolkples Embong hopes that the exposure at 2014 YOG will motivate the national youth athletes to work harder to reap better success in future.....