KUALA LUMPUR, May 6 (Bernama) -- The Malaysian Silat Federation (Pesaka) has set a four-gold target for the World Pencak Silat Championships in Indonesia come December.
Pesaka secretary-general Datuk Megat Zulkarnain Omar Din said he was confident that the target can be achieved through a blend a young and experienced squad of exponents.
Megat said the National Silat team which participated in the Belgium Open Silat Championships recently had emerged as the overall champion with eight gold, two silver and one bronze medal.
"We are indeed proud of the achievement, especially the performance of young exponents. We hope they can maintain the momentum at the world championships. We will be sending 28 exponents to Indonesia, including 12 women," he told Bernama, Tuesday.
Megat also reminded the Silat exponents to remain focused and not underestimate the opposition from countries like Belgium, Holland and Spain, as these countries had shown tremendous improvement.
"Competition in the world championships is going to be very stiff due to the presence of world class Silat exponents, especially from Vietnam and Indonesia. We must also be aware of the danger posed by exponents from European countries because year after year they have been improving," he said.
Megat said the national squad would be taking part in the 2014 Deputy Prime Minister's Cup International Pencak Silat Championship that is scheduled in Perak in September.
"We will not consider the championships as a platform for exposure but rather use it as a venue to prepare for the world championships since there will be local and foreign exponents competing," he said.
The National Silat squad is coached by Nazri Nasir and assisted by Mazlan Shaari and Azlinda Ahmad.