KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 26 — The Malaysian Deaf Sports Association (MSDeaf) are targetting 10 gold medals at the 2022 SEA Deaf Games (SEADG) which will be held for the first time in Malaysia from November 21 to November 27.
MSDeaf president Ong Shin Ruenn said the Malaysian contingent will line up about 150 athletes to participate in all four sports on offer, namely futsal, badminton, athletics and tenpin bowling at several venues around the capital.
Among the athletes listed is national badminton champion Boon Wei Ying who will participate in three categories, namely women’s singles, women’s doubles with Foo Zu Tung and mixed doubles with Edmund Teo Seng Keong.
“We are aiming for between five and 10 golds at SEADG 2022, which is being held for the first time in Malaysia. The confidence is based on the current performance of the country’s athletes who were able to win medals at the Deaflympics in Brazil.
“However, Thai athletes are expected to be the main contenders in all the sports that are contested based on their performance because every time we participate in any tournament, Thai athletes will definitely stand out,” he told reporters through a translator by an MSDeaf sign interpreter at the International Youth Centre here today.
In May, Wei Ying won bronze in the women’s singles event, and managed to end Malaysia’s 21-year wait for a gold medal when she emerged as champion in the women’s doubles partnering with Zu Tung, in addition to winning silver through her partnership with Edmund Teo in the mixed doubles at the 24th Deaflympic Games in Caxias do Sul, Brazil.
Meanwhile, Asean Deaf Sports Federation (ADSF) president Kamarzaman Harun stated that 262 athletes from five countries will participate in 32 categories through the four types of sports that will be contested in this edition.
He said the five countries that have confirmed participation are Indonesia involving 48 athletes, Malaysia (105), the Philippines (21), Singapore (24) and Thailand (64).
“The organisation of the SEADG is to provide the best stage for athletes to highlight their talents and we hope to organise more of these meets in the future,” Kamarzaman said.