Lifters told to perform to win Commonwealth Games ticket
file picture of Mohd Hafifi Mansor. He is top ranked in the men's 69kg
category on the Commonwealth Weightlifting Federation rankings.
PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Weightlifting Federation (MWF) have thrown
down the gauntlet to the development squad lifters to prove themselves
in order to win a Glasgow Commonwealth Games ticket.
The challenge comes ahead of the National Championships in Kota Baru, Kelantan, from Feb 17-20.
The meet will be used as the selection trial to pick the squad for the Commonwealth Games which is from July 23-Aug 4.
“Our focus, as always, is to assemble the best team. We’ve always had a
good record at the Games and we want to keep that going in Glasgow,”
said MWF secretary-general Pang Siew Huat.
“We want to promote healthy competition and to provide them with an
incentive to try and raise their performance. It will be a great test
for them to try and make the team. If they can beat the seniors and
prove that they’re good enough to make the team, they deserve a spot on
the team,” he added.
The number of lifters for the squad will be decided after the
championships, when the MWF will focus on building a team with depth and
Traditionally, Malaysia have been strong performers in the weightlifting
competition, almost always returning with medals since the sport was
introduced at the Auckland Games in 1950. They came back empty-handed on
only four occasions – 1966, 1970, 1974 and 1978.
Their best performance came at the Manchester Games in 2002 when they
amassed an impressive haul of nine medals – three golds and six bronzes.
Malaysia’s medal hopes lie on 23-year-olds Mohd Hafifi Mansor (men’s
69kg) and Azizah Fadzil (women’s -53kg).
Based on the Commonwealth Weightlifting Federation rankings, Mohd Hafifi
is currently the top ranked male in his category while Azizah is
currently ranked second in her category.