SEPANG – Chef de Mission (CDM) to the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games in Brazil, Tan Sri Mohamed Al Amin reminded national athletes going to the games to quickly acclimatise themselves upon arriving there.
“Pressure will not be a problem, that’s why they are being sent early to acclimatise themselves in terms of the time, environment and food,” he told reporters when sending the first group of athletes leaving for Rio, here last night.
The athletes in the first group were Jonathan Wong (shooting); Khairul Anuar Mohammad, Haziq Kamaruddin and Muhammad Ikram Joni (archery); and Nur Syazrin (sailing).
As CDM, Al Amin also felt the experience and excitement to go to Rio was something new for himself.
“The environment at the Olympics is certainly different, everyone must settle down quickly, and for the athletes, they have to prepare themselves, prepare (themselves) mentally and when the time comes…give their best,” he said.
Al Amin said most of the athletes qualified for Rio were still young and their potentials to improve were bright, and they must use them as a stepping stone for greater achievements.
“This does not mean that we don’t want them to excel at the Olympics, but their journey is still far and there is a lot that can still be learnt,” he said, expressing confidence that the national contingent was capable of springing a surprise in Rio.
A total of 32 national athletes qualified for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero from Aug 5 to 21.
Other athletes representing the country were Mohd Azizulhasni (cycling); Fatehah Mustapa (track cycling); Pandelela Rinong, Ooi Tze Liang, Ahmad Amsyar Azman, Cheong Jun Hoong, Nur Dhabitah Sabri, Ng Yan Yee (swimming/diving); Khairulnizam Mohd Affendy (sailing).
Welson Sim and Phee Jinq En (aquatics); Nauraj Singh and Zaidatul Husniah Zulkifli (athletics); Heidi Gan (marathon swimming), Mohd Hafifi Mansor (weightlifting); Danny Chia, Gavin Kyle Green, Kelly Tan, Michelle Koh (golf).
Datuk Lee Chong, Wei Goh V Shem, Tan Wee Kiong, Chan Peng Soon, Goh Liu Ying, Tee Jing Yi, Vivian Hoo and Woon Khe Wei (badminton).