KUALA LUMPUR, April 19 – Malaysian Athletics Union (MAU) president Datuk Zainal Abidin has reminded several national athletes who have qualified for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow against being complacent. On the other hand, he urged them to maintain their current form as only the best would represent the country. He said the list of qualified athletes would only be finalised several weeks before the Commonwealth Games was to take place in July. “Although they are qualified for the Commonwealth Games, we will still evaluate them, maybe three weeks before the meet begins,” he told Bernama Saturday. Four national athletes have confirmed their places at the Commonwealth Games after demonstrating excellent performances at the 2013 SEA Games in Myanmar, namely, Nauraj Singh Radhawa in high jump, Muhammad Irfan Shamsudin (discus), Adi Alifuddin Hussin (shot put) and Muhammad Hakimi Ismail (triple jump).
Zainal Abidin said 16 national athletes who had yet to qualify for the Commonwealth Games still had a chance to do so via the 2014 Thailand Open Track and Field Championships from May 6-9. “If they still fail, there are several qualifying championships after this, but I cannot confirm this, because they must get the recognition of the organiser of the Commonwealth Games,” he said. Asked on the medal target, he said MAU did not set any target but demanded that the selected athletes did their best. The best achievement of the national athletic squad was through S Govindasamy who won the gold medal in the 50km Men’s Big Walk at the 1998 Commonwealth Games hosted by Malaysia.