The young ones (Laos Sea Games 2009)
The young ones
NATIONAL associations have been given two days to finalise their list of participants for the year-end Laos Sea Games. The Malaysia Snooker and Billiards Federation (MSBF) are expected to name their squad today.
Mailsport learnt that former Asian Junior champion Moh Keen Ho, Patrick Ooi, seasoned campaigners Ng Ann Seng and Sam Chong may not be on that list.
“MSBF are expected to send their young players but they need to understand that if they want medals, they have to rely on the more experienced players,” said a source.
“However, it is clear MSBF are using this Sea Games to expose the younger players and hopefully these youngsters will be able to spring some surprises.”
Thor Chuan Leong, who was dropped from the national stable because of disciplinary problems, could see action in the snooker individual event. Chuan Leong could also partner Taiping boy Lai Chee Wei in the team event.
Pool experts Ibrahim Amir and Benjamin Lee Poh Soon are set to join women players Esther Kwan Suet Yee and Suhana Dewi Sabtu while national snooker athlete Chooi Yew Wah could partner Roslan Yurnalis in the English billiards events.
John Loh has quit the scene for good while John Yong Kien Foot has not been training regularly since returning from the 2007 Korat Sea Games.
Sam and Patrick were instrumental in the nation’s biggest haul at the 1995 Chiangmai Sea Games where Malaysia pocketed six gold, three silver and three bronze medals.
Since then, the country have been struggling to make an impact in the region. At the 1997 Jakarta Games, Malaysia managed two golds and one silver and at the 1999 Brunei Games, the national team won one gold and three silver medals.
The team failed to pot any gold medals at the 2001 KL Games (0-2-1), 2003 Vietnam Games (0-3-0) and 2005 Manila Games (0-1-5).
Keen Ho ended the nation’s eight-year agony after pocketing a gold medal in the men’s snooker singles by beating Thai ace Noppadol Sangnil 4-1 (52-21, 61-56, 62-25, 31-63, 86-29) at the 2007 Korat Games.
With just a handful of competitions throughout the year, coupled with short training stints in China (snooker) and Taiwan (pool) scheduled prior to the Games, it remains unclear if MSBF will set any medal targets for their athletes.
TAKEN FROM : MALAY MAIL