PETALING JAYA: Malaysia have a fighting chance to retain the regu gold medal in the Korat SEA Games in December despite having a relatively young set of players.
The sepaktakraw team's coaching chairman Tengku Adnan Tengku Burhanuddin said the odds would be stacked heavily against them after surprising fancied Thailand at the Manila SEA Games in 2005.
“There is no doubt the Thais have the edge over us in terms of skills and experience but there is still a fighting chance for our boys in Korat,” said Tengku Adnan, on the progress of the Malaysian team playing in the on-going International Grand Prix sepaktakraw championships.
After the opening three legs of the inaugural championship since last month, the Malaysian regu's have claimed several podium finishes, including emerging champions in the second leg of the circuit in Kuala Lumpur. They finished runners-up twice to the Thais in the opening leg in Johor and the third leg in Penang.
The nine teams involved in the five legs of the championship are Canada, Myanmar, Thailand, South Korea, Japan, China, Laos, Vietnam and Malaysia.
The Star 30 July 2007