Sailing squad need new equipment to prepare for Myanmar SEA games

KUALA LUMPUR: The National sailing squad requires new equipment to prepare for the Myanmar SEA Games that starts on Dec 11, since the old equipment are either outdated or old, said the Malaysian Yachting Association (MYA).

MYA general manager Mohd Afendy Abdullah said the current equipment are more than five years old and cannot be used for major competitions like the SEA Games.

He added that almost all the teams taking part in the sailing events in Myanmar would be using new boats with the latest technology, he told Bernama, today.

Mohd Afendy said normally sailing equipment used for major competitions like sails, ropes and boats would only last for three years and after that period they would only be good for training purposes.

“We have already submitted a request for new sailing equipment to the National Sports Council (NSC) and hope the request will be approved soon,” he said.

Meanwhile, Mohd Afendy was also happy with the performance of the elite and back up sailors in the national sailing squad that competed in the 2013 Myanmar Open Sailing Championships in Ngwe Saung, last month.

“The success of four sailors in the optimist and laser categories showed that there are ready for bigger competitions, especially the SEA Games, if given the right exposure at world class sailing competitions,” he said.

In Myanmar, Muhd Dhijauddin Razaini and Nor Nabila Natasya Mohd Nazri won the boys and girls Optimist respectively while Ahmad Latif Khan Ali Sabri Khan and Khairunetta Mohd Afendy emerged victories in the men’s Laser Standard and women’s Laser Radial, respectively.

In the 2011 SEA Games hosted by Indonesia, Malaysia picked up two silver and a bronze medal from sailing events. –BERNAMA

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