SUKMA’s Contingent Fails to Hit Target

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The Perak Contingent to the 13 SUKMA held in Malacca recently failed to achieve its targeted goals.

The contingent managed to bagged only 26 gold medals instead of 35. Similarly for the overall medal tally the contingent was ranked sixth whereas their target set by Menteri Besar Dato’ Seri Zamby was fifth.

State Executive Councillor for Art, Culture, Youth and Sports, Dato’ Zainal Fadzi Paharuddin, who was with the contingent throughout the games, said he was “obviously disappointed with the result. I was there. The spirit of competition was positive but the result was not so”.

Zainal admitted that the teams that were anticipated to deliver medals did not materialize and vice versa citing the Archery team which had targeted two gold but returned home with a haul of six gold, four silver and three bronze.

According to Zainal a report of the games has been submitted. One of the causes for the poor overall showing was because preparation of the teams for the games started late. “Most teams started preparing for the games just 5-6 months before the games, some later. The minimum time is eight months and ideally is one year”, stated Zainal.

For the mini SUKMA to be held next year the “preparation will start now”, said Zainal emphatically. “I am serious about this.”

After Archery the other top medal hauls came from Sail Boating (3 gold and 4 silver) Diving (3 gold, 2 silver, 3 bronze) and Petanque (3 gold, 2 silver, 2 bronze).

JAG