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Malaysian blind shooters to make Ostrava Cup debut in Czech Republic

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The Tun Hussein Onn National Eye Hospital (THONEH) will be sponsoring the Malaysian Blind Sports Association’s (MBSA) blind shooters to Malaysia’s first outing at the prestigious Ostrava Cup 2016 at Czech Republic. The shooters selected for this competition are Major Azhari Abdullah and ASP Amir Abdullah.
 
Currently in its fifth year, the Ostrava Cup in Czech Republic is an international shooting competition organised by the Police Sports Club Ostrava, for blind and visually impaired athletes. This year’s event will be held from 15 to 18 September 2016, and the two Malaysians will participate in the ‘60 shots standing’ discipline.
 
In support of sports for the blind, the THONEH’s financial assistance will cover the athlete’s attire, flight and accommodation, a new customised aiming device, and bullets for the upcoming competition.
 
Photo Credit: THONEH
Photo Credit: THONEH

Target shooting for the visually impaired utilises standard shooting equipment with a special electronic audio aiming device fitted to the gun, sponsored by THONEH. The aiming device detects the point of aim of the gun relative to the target and provides feedback to the shooter through differing sounds channelled to headphones indicating the point of aim. With this device, a visually impaired shooter, regardless of amount of sight, can achieve accuracy comparable to a fully sighted shooter.

 
“THONEH has, for 30 years, been serving the public and helping them overcome conditions, which affect their vision. The hospital has its roots with the Malaysian Association of the Blind, and it is our greatest pleasure to offer hope and empowerment even to those who have lost vision,” said Dr Norasidi Bin Bin Salim Al-Haj, General Manager of THONEH.
“While we have done much over the years, there is always room to do more. This year, we embarked on an exciting journey to support the underserved blind sports. We hope to encourage more people with vision loss to participate in the many sporting activities designed for the blind, so that they can enjoy the benefits of sports.
Photo Credit: THONEH
Photo Credit: THONEH

“Apart from supporting talented sportsmen and women, exercise for all is encouraged as such regular physical activity has been proven to offer tremendous benefits for the body, and for the mental well-being of individuals. This will inevitably contribute towards the overall well-being of those that has suffered from vision loss,” he added.

 
“This is the first year that Malaysia will send two shooters from MBSA to represent the country at this prestigious international shooting event,” shares Dr S. Radhakrishnan, the President of MBSA and Chairperson of the International Blind Sports Federation (Asia). “We are grateful for the sponsorship by THONEH, and appreciate their gesture in support of blind athletes. We look forward to a successful outing in Czech Republic.”
 
He added, “We are very proud to introduce the shooters selected for the Ostrava Cup 2016. Major Azhari Abdullah began shooting in 1996, and after losing his vision, he continued his passion and turned to blind shooting in 2009 and was selected to represent Malaysia in 2011 for the 3rd IBSA Open European Shooting Air Rifle Championships in Slovakia. ASP Amir Abdullah began blind shooting in 2015, and at his first tournament he competed in, the IBSA Alpine World Cup held in Austria, he succeeded in getting 9th placing. They are not only an inspiration to the visually impaired but I have no doubt that they will do our country proud.”
 
Photo Credit: THONEH
Photo Credit: THONEH

The ‘60 shots standing’ is one of the many different disciplines available in shooting, where the participant has to fire while in a standing position, with both feet on the ground without any other support. Each participant is provided with 60 shots using an approved precision air rifles, shooting a target 10 meters away within 105 minutes.

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Johnathan perlu atasi kelemahan minda di Rio

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Atlet menembak negara Johnathan Wong Guanji tahu masalah utamanya di Sukan Olimpik Rio adalah kelemahan mindanya.

Prestasi penembak berusia 24 tahun dari Melaka itu jatuh sejak memenangi pingat emas dalam acara 10m air pistol perseorangan lelaki di Kelayakan Sukan Olimpik Asia di New Delhi pada bulan Januari.

Dia gagal untuk menyamai pencapaian terbaiknya iaitu 585 mata di acara kelayakan di empat Piala Dunia yang disertainya.

Dia hanya mampu mendapat 575 mata di Bangkok pada bulan Mac dan di Rio de Janeiro pada bulan April; dan 578 di Munich pada bulan Mei.

Dalam saingan Piala Dunia minggu lalu di Baku, Azerbaijan, dia hanya mampu mencatat 565 mata dalam pusingan kelayakan untuk menamatkan saingan di tempat ke-46 dari 61 penembak.

Johnathan tahu dia berdepan tugas sukar untuk layak ke final di Sukan Olimpik.

Johnathan yang mengambil cuti satu semester dari pengajiannya di Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) pada bulan Februari, mengaku beliau mempunyai enam minggu untuk menguatkan mentalnya sempena Sukan Olimpik.

“Saya mempunya latihan selama satu minggu di bawah tunjur ajar jurulatih Jerman Philip Bernard di Hannover bulan lalu sebelum bertanding dalam Piala Dunia di Baku,” ujar Johnathan.

“Saya akan berangkat ke Seoul pada 1 Julai untuk berlatih di bawah ketua jurulatih Korea Selatan Park Song-soon untuk membantu saya menguakan mental menjelang Sukan Olimpik.”

Beliau akan pulang dari Seoul pada 15 Julai dan berangkat ke Rio pada 23 Julai untuk membiasakan diri dengan tempat pertandingan.

Johnathan akan terlepas majlis pembukaan Olimpik kerana acara 10m air pistol akan berlangsung keesokannya.

“Ini Sukan Olimpuk pertama saya dan saya kecewa sedih kerana akan terlepas majlis pembukaan,” ujar Johnathan yang akan turut bertanding dalam acara 50m air pistol pada 10 Ogos.

Chef de mission ke Sukan Olimpik Tan Sri Mohd Al-Amin Abdul Majid berharap Johnathan akan memberikan yang terbaik di temasya berkenaan.

“Dia akan berangkat awal ke Rio untuk membiasakan diri dengan suasan dan tempat menembak di sana,” kata Al-Amin selepas bertemu Johnathan dan jurulatihnya Hashim Desa di pusat menembak Majlis Sukan Negara di Gymnasium 3 Bukit Jalil semalam.

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Zika virus won’t deter my focus on Olympics – Johnathan Wong

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Despite the huge ongoing commotion regarding the widespread of the Zika virus in South America, especially in Brazil, national shooter Johnathan Wong is not at all worried about taking part in the upcoming Rio Olympics this August.

The shooter, whom recently earned his ticket to the prestigious event, claimed that the spiral in Brazil is not a worrying factor upon his participation and stated that the Malaysian contingent would do their very best to monitor the development of the virus throughout their stay in Rio de Janeiro.

“I did not think about the Zika virus at all, there’s still a long time. I only have to be there by August. I might at well focus more on my training sessions,” said Johnathan as quoted from Utusan.

“It’s still to early to pull out from the event. Unless things get worse before I get there.”

Johnathan is currently preparing for  the upcoming World Cup in Bangkok next March.

“I just started training again yesterday. My next competition is the World Cup in Bangkok.”

“I will try my best to achieve a positive result. ”

Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin too recently stated that the contingent has no plans on withdrawing from the Olympics as well as it is too early to do so.

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Jonathan Wong books Rio slot after sterling performance in New Delhi

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After a miserable ending for rifle shooter Nur Ayuni Farhana Abdul Halim, things managed take a brighter approach for the national shooting team as Jonathan Wong Guan Jie successfully earned his ticket to the Rio Olympics this August after a sterling performance in the men’s individual 10m Air Pistol event during the Asian Olympics Qualifying Championship in New Delhi, India yesterday.

Jonathan became the first national shooter to qualify for the prestigious event this year after securing a gold medal in the event, which was held at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range.

The 23 year-old elite, whom capped the qualifying round at third place with 578 points, had no problem dealing with tough opponent Alanazi Atallah from Saudi Arabia in the elimination stage and won the gold medal with a total of 198.7, just 0.4 points ahead of Alanazi.

The bronze medal was handed to Kim Jong Su of North Korea with a total of 176.9 points.

Compatriots Eddy Chew and Choo Wen Yan finished 19th (570 points) and 34th (565 points) respectively among 49 shooters in the qualifying round.

Four other Malaysian shooters- Mohd Hadafi Jaafar, Mohd Lutfi Othman, Zul Haziq Rosli and Mohd Zubair Muhammad will be gunning for their slot in the Rio Olympics in the men’s 50m rifle 3 positions tomorrow.

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Rio hopes over for national shooter Nur Ayuni

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Tough luck for national rifle shooter Nur Ayuni Farhana Abdul Halim as her dreams of qualifying for the Rio Olympics this August was shattered since she capped the Asian Olympic Qualifying championships with a disheartening finish.

Ayuni made it to the finals of the individual 50m three position in New Delhi but it was not enough to put her to through the major event as she only managed to accumulate a total of 395.2 points in the finals, trailing behind Singapore’s Jasmine Ser Wei Xiang (458 points) and Iran’s Mahlagha Jambozorg (455.4), whom successfully qualified for the Olympics.

“I have already given my best but luck was not on my side. Before the championship, we trained really hard and in here, I had some back injuries which affected my performance today,” said Ayuni as quoted from Harian Metro.

“I was indeed disappointed for not being able to score a ticket to the Olympics, but what can I do, it wasn’t my luck.”

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Malaysian shooters gearing up for Olympic qualifiers

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The Malaysian national shooting team is gearing up for the upcoming Asia Olympic Qualifying Competition, which will be held from January 25 to February 3 in New Delhi, next year.

After the International Olympic Committee (IOC) revoked the official status of the Asian Shooting Championships, the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) has decided to create an alternative tournament to allow Asian-based shooters to compete for Olympic spots.

Malaysia’s Joseline Cheah is already looking forward to the new event and remains confident of doing well, having won a gold medal in the 25m sport pistol team event, at the recent Southeast Asian Shooting Championships (SEASA), last week.

“We are happy with the news, now we can start training for the qualifier,” she told The Star yesterday.

“Usually, we will get a break in December, but now all plans have been put on hold. It’s time to gear up for the Olympic.

“It’s a good end for this year, now I hope to get off to a good start next year. I hope to qualify for my first Olympic after missing out in the last two tournaments,” she said.

Besides the Joseline, several other shooters in the form of Hasli Izwan, Eddy Chew, Nur Ayuni Farhana, Nur Suryani Mohd Taibi as well as Muslifah Zulkifli are also looking to secure slots for Rio 2016.

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Malaysian shooters remain confident of sealing Rio slots

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Malaysian elite shooters are still optimistic of acquiring enough points to secure their Rio slots, despite being unable to do so at the recent Asian Shooting Championship (ASC) in Kuwait.

The tournament was converted into an invitational tournament, after the International Olympics Committee revoked it’s Olympic qualification status in response to the issue regarding an Israeli shooter who was denied an entry visa into Kuwait, as well as the suspension of the Kuwait National Olympic Council.

Despite that, Abdul Hadi Abdul Malek remains optimistic of collecting enough points to compete in Rio and is already setting his sights on doing well at the upcoming Southeast Asian Shooting Championship (SEASA) in Indonesia

“It’s sad to not be able to collect Olympic points at the ASC this time around. Now, I’m already focusing on the SEASA and I want to make use of this opportunity to prove my mettle in this tournament.

“Hopefully, I can replicate the form I had in Kuwait,” he told Harian Metro.

As far Nur Suryani Mohamed Taibi, she is just determined to improve on her showing at the 2014 edition of SEASA in Singapore.

“I hope I can do better, conpared to last year. Also, I didn’t get to win any medal in Kuwait, but I think I can win something in SEASA. I’ve just got to be consistent with my performance,” she added.

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Final opportunity for Malaysian elite shooters

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The National Shooting Association of Malaysia (NSAM) has urged all elite shooters to seize the final opportunity of qualifying for the Rio Olympics 2016 at the Asian Shooting Championships (ASC) 2015 in Kuwait next month.

Team manager, Datuk Musa Omar said they will be sending 24 shooters to Kuwait, including five junior shooters, to try and secure as many Olympic slots as possible.

“There’s going to be stiff competition from China, India, Thailand and Vietnam.

“Apart from the senior shooters, we are also placing our hopes on junior shooters who have shown encouraging performances in several local championships such as Alia Sazana Azahari and Siau Cuili.

“We hope the junior shooters can also gain valuable exposure and experience by competing with shooters from other countries before appearing in the SEA Games or other competitions,” he told Bernama, recently.

Asian Shooting Championships (ASC) has been a great platform for Malaysia as both Nor Suryani and Hasli Izwan qualified for previous Olympics through this tournament.

Nor Suryani qualified for the London Olympics after finishing fourth in the Women’s 10m Individual Air Rifle at the ASC 2012 in Doha, Qatar.

Meanwhile, Hasli Izwan qualified for the Beijing Olympics after winning a silver medal in the 25m Rapid Fire event at the ASC 2007 in Kuwait.

List of 24 shooters:

Men: Mohd Ezuan Nasir Khan, Muhammad Zubair Mohamad, Nik Muhd A’mullah Supardi, Muhd Hassanul Adzhar Mohd Badrin, Zul Haziq Rosli, Jonathan Wong Guanjie, Eddy Chew, Mohd Hadafi Jaafar, Hasli Izwan Amir Hasan, Hafiz Adzha.

Women: Nur Ayuni Farhana Abdul Halim, Nur Suryani Mohamed Taibi, Muslifah Zulkifli, Haslisa Hameed, Nur Syahirah Zulkifli, Bibiana Ng Pei Chin, Joseline Cheah, Alia Sazana Azahari, Siau Cuili.

Juniors: Abdul Hadi Abd Malek, Mohd Lutfi Othman, Juain Izni Zamil, Judith Sharon Jimmy, Nur Zunaira Zakaria.

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Wen Yan breaks national record in Men’s 10m Air Pistol

National shooter Choo Wen Yan has broke the national record of Men’s 10m Air Pistol Individual event in the third day of National Shooting Championships at Subang, on Saturday.

The 22 year-old Johor born athlete recorded 200.5 points, edging the previous record held by teammate Eddy Chew in 2013 by 0.1 point difference.

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Photo credits: nst.com.my

Another Johor-born, Ifwat Abqari Mohamad Isa shot 200.4 points to equal the national record and take silver, while Chew took bronze with 177.5 points.

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Photo credits: nst.com.my

Wen Yan, Ifwat and Chew then combined as the Johor side won the team gold medal after shooting 1, 708 points, coming out on top of second placed Selangor and third place Perak.