PUTRAJAYA – Youth and Sports Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin today challenge all Podium Programme athletes to win medals at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia from April 4 to 15.
“…for Podium Programme athletes your best performance is going to be a podium finish. I don’t expect nothing less from you. All preparations and support are tailor-made programmes for you, all have been provided for you.
“If you not giving the best, then you are not giving back the best for the country. Your choice is not to make up the numbers to the Commonwealth Games but to show what the ‘Malaysian Tigers’ are capable off,” said Khairy in his message to a section of the contingent at the flag handing-over ceremony at the Youth and Sports Ministry, here today.
“At the same time, we do not want to be a world champion in the respective sport for once but we want to become world champion repeatedly. We want to show the world that we are capable of doing these consistently.
“The important word here is consistency in performance at the highest level. We have to master and be in control at every single season. I trust the preparation for Commonwealth Games is very detailed and adequate,” Khairy said.
The Commonwealth Games national contingent, led by Chef de Mission Huang Yung How comprised 178 athletes and 95 officials.
In the 2014 edition in Glasgow, Scotland, the Malaysian contingent won six gold, seven silver and six bronze medals, finishing 12th in the overall medal tally. – BERNAMA