PUTRAJAYA (Aug 10): The Malaysian contingent to the Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games, from Aug 18 to Sept 2, is targeting seven gold medals, said Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman.
“The target is seven gold, but, with luck, InsyaAllah, 11 gold,” he said, adding that the contingent aimed to secure a top 10 finish at the games.
"The sport events that can give us the gold are cycling, karate, sepak takraw, pencak silat dan tenpin bowling," he told reporters after the handing over of the Jalur Gemilang to the contingent at Dataran Perdana, Putra Perdana Building.
Earlier, Syed Saddiq handed the Jalur Gemilang to Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who then handed over the national flag to Malaysia’s Chef de Mission (CDM) to the 2018 Asian Games, Datuk Seri Abdul Azim Mohamad Zabidi.
Abdul Azim then handed the Jalur Gemilang to Malaysia’s flag bearer, Syakilla Salni Jefry Krishnan.
At the same event, national track cyclist Mohd Azizulhasni Awang presented the “jaket harimau”, which is the official dress of the Malaysian contingent to the 2018 Asian Games, to the prime minister. - Bernama