KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Sepaktakraw Association (PSM) will seek to send 80% of young athletes to the national team to help contribute to the medals at the SEA Games in Hanoi, Vietnam, which runs from May 12-23.
PSM Deputy Secretary Yusoff Ali said a total of 24 players comprising 12 men and 12 women will compete in the Games in category A, the expenses of which will be fully covered by the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM).
He said the full list of players under the age of 23 had been sent to the OCM for evaluation before they were eligible to take part in the biennial games.
“The roster of players has not been finalized as selection can still be done through the Sepak Takraw League (STL) tournament which is currently underway.
“They will be placed with senior players to balance the squad to compete against the top teams,” he told reporters after the SEA Games Selection Committee meeting at Wisma OCM here today.
Yusoff said an 80% quota for young talent for the Games in Hanoi would indirectly give youngsters a chance to compete after a two-year hiatus at international level following the COVID-19 outbreak.
He said PSM also wants to see the SEA Games as a launch pad for the international careers of young sepak takraw talent over the next four to five years.
Asked about the medal goal, he said it was hoped the men’s team would win two silver and one bronze medals, while two bronze medals were the goal for the women’s team.
He said the selected players would undergo central training in Bukit Jalil this Ramadan, where the director of coaches would supervise them and assess their performance. – Bernama