OCM needs to debate before setting Olympic medal target

KUALA LUMPUR, June 11 (Bernama) — With less than 50 days to go until the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) must first consult with Youth and Sports Minister Hannah Yeoh before setting any medal targets for the quadrennial event which begins from July 26 to August 11.

The association’s president, Tan Sri Mohamad Norza Zakaria, said the discussions, which will also be attended by the National Sports Council (NSC), should be in line with the “Road to Gold” programme and that thorough consideration should be given to whether the “colourless target for medals” method introduced at the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games should also be adopted for the Paris Olympics.

“I haven’t had a chance to speak to Hannah about this. We will discuss what the best course of action is as most athletes have dreams of competing in the Olympics and we don’t want athletes to be put in stressful situations.”

“The players have been working hard for four years to reach that level so the final step is for us to give them our maximum support,” he said after attending a memorandum of understanding (MoA) signing ceremony between NSC and the National Sports Association at NSC Kasa 4, Bukit Jalil today.

But earlier, the Malaysian National Cycling Federation (MNCF) made a bold decision to follow the dream of national track cycling champion Datuk Azizulhasni Awang and aim for a gold medal at the 2024 Paris Olympics.

Meanwhile, he expects the Malaysian contingent, who have qualified for the Paris Olympics, to be strengthened to 24 or 25 players from the current 18, and also hopes that the players will remain injury-free.

Asked whether the name of the flag bearer for the quadrennial Olympics had already been decided, he said the matter had not yet been discussed.

— Bernama


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