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(China Daily)
Updated: 2010-11-13 07:29
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Malaysia to repeat New Delhi momentum

Fresh from the victorious outing at the 19th Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, India last month, Malaysian athletes should not rest on their laurels.

They have an equally big mission to accomplish - to continue the success at the 16th Asian Games, which officially opened here on Friday.

The Malaysian contingent is tasked with delivering the targeted nine gold medals to make it the best achievement for the country since it first participated in the 1954 Asian Games in Manila.

According to Chef-de-Mission Datuk Zolkples Embong, who is also National Sports Council (NSC) director-general, several sports such as taekwondo, karate and sailing could also deliver gold for the contingent.

"If the contingent delivers the targeted nine golds, it would be history in the making for our participation in the Asiad," he told Bernama.

- Bernama (Malaysia)

Josiah cries foul over schedule for men's team

New Delhi Commonwealth Games champion Josiah Ng will attempt to achieve a double by winning the Asian Games gold medal, but a revised schedule could undermine the chances of the national cycling squad in Guangzhou.

The cyclists are facing an entirely new ball game, with the organizers deciding to hold the men's and women's sprint over four days from Sunday.

The men's team sprint and keirin competitions will be spread over two days respectively.

The track competitions get under way with the team sprint qualifying on Saturday, and the way the schedule was organized has convinced Josiah that it could be a ploy to spoil Malaysia's hopes of a glorious outing in Guangzhou.

- The Star (Malaysia)

Coach says attention will fire up Lee

World No 1 badminton player Lee Chong Wei is a big hit in Guangzhou, and coach Misbun Sidek welcomes the overwhelming attention on his charge.

In fact, Sidek is hoping that the extra spotlight will fan the fire in Lee to raise his game at the Asian Games.

It'll be an achievement for Lee to reach the final as his previous best was winning a bronze medal at the 2006 Doha Games.

Yesterday, a large group of journalists from China turned up for the Malaysian team's first training session at Tianhe Gymnasium to interview Lee.

The 28-year-old Malaysian ace duly entertained them after going through a solid one-hour workout.

- The Star (Malaysia)

Olympic lifter competing Saturday

Olympian weightlifter Hoang Anh Tuan will compete in the men's 56kg division of the Asian Games at Dongguan Gymnasium on Saturday.

Tuan, 25, who won a silver medal at the Beijing Olympics two years ago with a total lift of 290kg, is a golden hope for Vietnam at Asia's biggest sporting event.

The Bac Ninh-born athlete won a silver with a combined lift of 285kg in Qatar four years ago.

- Viet Nam News

Vietnam targeting gold

Sharpshooter Nguyen Manh Tuong is the oldest Vietnamese athlete competing at the Guangzhou Games.

Tuong, 50, who has competed in three Asian Games, said he will retire within the next five years.

He bagged a bronze in the men's individual center-fire pistol at the Busan Asian Games in 2002, before taking a bronze in the team event in Qatar in 2006.

Fifteen-year-old tennis player Nguyen Hoang Thien will become Vietnam's youngest athlete at the Asiad when he makes his debut.

- Viet Nam News

(China Daily 11/13/2010)