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KU … eyeing a minimum
of four gold medals.
July 2002) KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah Judo Association (SJA)
president Ku Kian Chung predicted that the 14 gold medals
at stake in the upcoming Ninth Malaysia Games (Sukma 2002)
will be evenly contested by the nine competing teams.
He said this because all the competing teams have
been training hard for the Games to be held from September
5 to 14.
"I made a survey of all states and all of
them have been training hard for the last few months. Every
state has good exponents. All of them have engaged full-time
coaches, and I expect this tournament to be a tough affair,"
he told the New Sabah Times Sport yesterday.
Judo and fencing will make their debut in the Games.
"On Sabah, we target a minimum of four gold medals.
But I'm quite optimistic that we can win more than just
four," Chung added.
The competing states are Sarawak, Penang, Perak, Kuala Lumpur,
Selangor, Melaka, Johor, Sarawak and hosts Sabah.
Ku said there would be seven gold medals up for grabs
for the men and women respectively and each state is only
allowed to name one exponent for each category.
But for Sabah, Ku said they would compete in 13 out of the
14 weight divisions. "This is because we do not have
an exponent for the men's heavyweight category," he pointed
To a question on who would be the main challenger for Sabah,
Ku said: "As I have said earlier, this is going to be
an even affair. All teams are well prepared for Sukma."
"But Sabah's chances of doing well are there," Chung
He pointed out that at the recent national championship
in Kuala Lumpur the Sabah women exponents won the overall
crown (senior championship) after winning three gold medals.
He said the men exponents also did quite well and missed the
overall crown by just one gold medal. "We won five gold
medals and three were contributed by our Sukma lads. We could
have won the overall crown if not for injury," he said.
Ku said there are 13 exponents training hard under the watchful
eyes of Chinese coach Zhang Guojun, who is assisted by Liew
THE WEIGHT DIVISIONS TO BE COMPETED IN SUKMA ARE AS FOLLOWS:
MEN: extra-lightweight (-60kg), half-lightweight (-66kg),
lightweight (-73kg), half-middleweight (-81kg), middleweight
(-90kg), half-heavyweight (-100kg), and heavyweight (+100kg).
WOMEN: extra-lightweight (-48kg), half-lightweight (52kg),
lightweight (-57kg), half-middleweight (-63kg), middleweight
(-70kg), half-heavyweight (-78kg), and heavyweight (+78kg).