Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Malaysia Aim To Emulate Success Of 1985 Team At Asian Netball C'ship

KUALA LUMPUR, May 5 (Bernama) -- The Malaysian Netball Association (MNA) are hoping to emulate the success of the 1985 team when the Asian Netball Championship kicks off in Singapore from Sept 7 to 14.

MNA Deputy President Mazidah Musa was confident that the squad under coach Choo Kon Lee would be able to repeat the feat of the 1985 squad that won the title at the inaugural championship hosted by Malaysia.

"The squad has been undergoing training under coach Choo for the past few months at the Paralympic Sports Excellence Centre in Kampung Pandan," she told Bernama, today.

Mazidah said winning the title would give Malaysia a ticket to compete in the 2015 World Netball Championship in Sydney, Australia, because each continent is allocated only two slots.

"Our target is to win the title because only the top two teams can win a trip to the World Championship. We know competition will be tough but the players will give their best," said Mazidah.

She added that though the World Netball Federation are believed to be considering qualifying tournaments to enable more teams from Asia to compete, the current format allows only 16 teams to participate in the World Championship.

Mazidah also confirmed that Malaysia would not be fielding a team in the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games in Scotland, since Malaysia are currently ranked 21st in the world while only the top 11 countries plus Scotland as the host, will be allowed to participate.

-- BERNAMA

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