KUALA LUMPUR, May 15 (Bernama) -- National athletics chief coach, Zainal Abas is optimistic that the lacklustre performance by national athletes at the 2018 Malaysian Open Athletics Championship which ended last Sunday can be overcome before the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta/Palembang, in August.
Zainal said several series of international championships which would be participated by national athletes would be the main platforms for the coaches and the athletes to evaluate and review elements that needed to be improved to bring back their best performance.
He said the decision of the Malaysian Athletics Federation (MAF) to ensure that training sessions were intensified and continued as usual during Ramadan this year would also enable MAF to monitor the current developments of athletes who did not have the opportunity to participate in overseas championships.
"Throughout the three-day championship (Malaysia Open) we could summarise that the athletes' performance was at the moderate level, but from a positive point we can see they were able to give a challenge despite competing with overseas athletes and we also witnessed a national record being renewed by Jackie Wong who recorded 66.01 metres (m) in the hammer throw.
"With some of the programmes that have been arranged including sending them to undergo training and gaining experience competing abroad, the moderate performance may be improved. For athletes who are not going overseas, they will follow the training programme as previously described.....