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Lawn bowler Siti Zalina to be Malaysia's flag bearer during the Games Opening Ceremony

NEW DELHI: Renowned lawn bowler Siti Zalina Ahmad has been honoured with the role of flag bearer for Malaysia at the opening ceremony of the XIX Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi starting from 3 October 2010.

The Star Online reports, it is big honour for the veteran, who is eyeing to become the first Malaysian to win a hat-trick of gold medals in the Games.
In fact, it is the first time that a lawn bowl athlete has been chosen to hoist the Jalur Gemilang at a major Games.

Yesterday, National Sports Council (NSC) director general Datuk Zolkples Embong confirmed that Zalina had been given the mandate to lead the Malaysian contingent in New Delhi.

“This is the first time that a lawn bowl athlete has been given the honour. We hope that this will be an extra motivation for Zalina in her mission to achieve the rare feat of winning a gold medal for the third consecutive Games,” said Zolkples.

The 31-year-old Zalina made the country proud when she nailed the singles gold at the 2002 Manchester Games and the 2006 Melbourne Games.
Malaysia have set a 10-gold medal target at the Games. Malaysia’s previous best effort was winning 10 gold medals when they hosted the 1998 Games in Kuala Lumpur.

 “I also received positive feedback from coaches that our athletes are physically in good condition. They were only given a short break for the Hari Raya celebration and their training was not affected”, said Zolkples.

Zolkples also told the athletes to stay focused on the mission at hand and not be too worried about the New Delhi’s ability to host the Games.

 “We are receiving daily reports from our High Commission in New Delhi. The hosts are doing the best they can. I want our athletes to focus on their training. The team managers have been tasked to ensure comfort for them and not worry about other matters,” he said.

“We want the athletes to stay injury free and also enjoy the programme prepared by the NSC for the next few days at the camp. We hope to fan the fire in them to achieve our country’s best results in these Games,” he added.

 

 

Article Courtesy: The Star Online