KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 16 (Bernama) -- Several issues were identified as causes of the national contingent's failure to achieve the eight gold medal target at the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, said chef-de-mission Datuk Danyal Balagopal Abdullah.
He said among them was a delay in financial allocations to sports associations for the final preparations of athletes before leaving for Incheon.
"Some associations told me that they were unable to prepare their athletes well due to financial constraints, resulting in some associations scrapping several preparation programmes for Incheon-bound athletes," he told reporters after chairing the 17th Asian Games Post Mortem Meeting here Thursday.
Malaysia ended its challenge at Incheon with five gold, 14 silver and 14 bronze medals.
According to Danyal, the complaints were valid as several sports such as tenpin bowling which missed its gold medal target due the national bowlers being inadequately prepared in the final phase.
He said other grouses were unsuitable final training camp venues and wrong timing for motivation programmes.
Danyal said he hoped future final training camps should be at the Bukit Jalil Sports Complex to facilitate athletes.
The chef-de-mission said the national contingent may have failed to meet the eight gold medal target but the athletes performed well with many of them recording personal best times and scores in Incheon.
He said a full report based on the post-mortem today would be submitted to Youth and Sports Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin in a month's time as he needed to complete an analysis of the failure based on data obtained from the National Sports Institute.
In the history of Malaysia's participation in the Asian Games, Malaysia collected four gold at the Hiroshima edition in Japan (1994), five gold in Bangkok, Thailand (1998), six gold in Busan, South Korea (2002), eight gold in Doha, Qatar (2006) and nine gold in Guangzhou, China (2010), which was the country's best performance to date.