"However, we need to take into account several aspects before taking for granted that a bigger contingent will ensure a bigger haul.
"The number of athletes will be bigger this time around but some of them will be competing in Korat for exposure purposes. It will be good that if they can also win medals.
"However, we will send out best athletes as the expectations of the general public is high," she said.
"Some events which we are strong in have been dropped but that does not mean Malaysia will not achieve or surpass the medal target. We have other events which we are good enough to win gold medals."
Meanwhile, Azalina said the Ministry has identified several strategies to inculcate a sporting culture among school children.
"One of it is the probability of hosting a FitKid national championships next year. As not much facilities are needed for FitKid competitions, we will also introduce the sport in schools," she said.
New Straits Times 30 July 2007