JOSELINE Cheah will lead a 14-member squad to the Myanmar Sea Games but the shooting team are not aiming high as only six events offer gold medals.A national record holder in pistol events, Joseline, a silver medallist in the women's 10-metre air pistol in the World Cup leg in Munich in May, is Malaysia's best bet for a gold in Yangon.
Joseline, a three-time Southeast Asean (Seasa) Championships gold medallist, will compete in the air pistol (individual and team) and the 25m sport pistol (individual and team) events.
The other events are men's and women's 50m rifle prone; men's 50 free pistol and air pistol.
Despite shooting being an Olympic event, the hosts have reduced the number of events to favour their athletes.
National Sports Council (NSC) director general Datuk Seri Zolkples Embong said it always happens with the Sea Games.
"We should be thankful that shooting is part of their calendar. The hosts have scrapped several Olympic events in favour of traditional sports," said Zolkples after launching the new state-of-the-art Gym Three Shooting Range in Bukit Jalil yesterday.
Guangzhou Asian Games bronze medallist Nur Suryani Taibi, who won two gold in the 2011 Palembang Sea Games, has been included but will only compete in the prone event.
The squad: Jonathan Wong, Eddy Chew, Choo Wee Yan, Muhd Ezuan Nasir Khan, Mohd Lufti Othman, Nik Muhd Aimullah, Abdul Hadi Abdul Malek, Bibiana Ng, Joseline Cheah, Wahidah Ismail, Siti Nur Masitah Mohd Badrin, Muslifah Zulkifli, Nur Suryani Mohd Taibi and Jaslisa Hamed.
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