A authorities minister says that “all Malaysians are disappointed” with what’s threatening to be the nation’s lowest inserting on the SEA Games in almost 40 years.
Traditionally a regional energy, sports activities minister Ahmad Faizal Azumu sounded the alarm regardless of Malaysian athletes on Friday reaching the nation’s goal of 36 golds with two days of competitors to go.
But Malaysia languished sixth within the medals desk as of Saturday morning, with hosts Vietnam approach out in entrance with 167 golds, adopted by Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore and Philippines.
“All Malaysians are disappointed because we are not at a higher position,” Ahmad mentioned on the Games on Friday, in keeping with state information company Bernama.
“We should not be contented with our sixth position at the Games.”
Malaysia is normally within the regional high 5 and the final time it settled for sixth was in 1983, when solely eight nations took half, in comparison with the present 11.
It comes with Malaysia set to compete on the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England in July-August, whereas the Asian Games later this 12 months in China have been indefinitely postponed.
“The exposure gained at the SEA Games is crucial for us to achieve more success in other multi-sport Games like the Commonwealth Games and Asiad,” mentioned Ahmad.
The Malaysian authorities slashed sports activities spending final 12 months to 289 million ringgit ($67 million) from 940 million ringgit the 12 months earlier than.
It additionally reduce down its full-time variety of athletes from 432 to 288, months after a poor Tokyo Olympics displaying of 1 silver and one bronze.
Malaysia made a powerful begin on the SEA Games, profitable all eight golds in diving, with the remainder of the medals scattered throughout different sports activities.
The nation’s final doable hope for extra medals could relaxation in badminton, one of many few sports activities it does effectively in internationally, with semi-finals and finals over the following two days.
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