Malaysian Squad Surpasses Expectations with 32 Medals in Asian Games
BY: Michelle Liew
The Malaysian contingent managed to record a stellar performance at the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games evidenced with a total of 32 medals. The outstanding victory stunned local and international sports critics who were wary of the team’s success. Despite criticisms, the national squad persevered and pulled off an upset by collecting medals.
The National Sports Council (MSN) and the Malaysian Olympic Council (MOM) in a joint statement informed that the success was the result of the careful planning of the main stakeholders, namely the National Sports Association (PSK), MSN, MOM and the National Sports Institute (ISN).
According to the statement, the real credit should go to the country's athletes who sacrificed their time, energy and youth, to prepare for the tournament while being guided by coaches and family members, as well as the existing support system.
"Exaggerated statements can be interpreted as negating the sacrifices of the country's athletes and coaches, who leave their families every day regardless of time or traveling far abroad.
"This success must be shared by all interested parties, without the need to brag about the success of one party," according to the statement.
The national contingent successfully surpassed the initial target of 27 medals, by winning six gold, eight silver and 18 bronze, with a total of 32 medals.
MSN and MOM are also grateful to the Ministry of Higher Education (KPT) for highlighting the success of the athletes at the 2022 Asian Games and hope that cooperation can be done in providing educational opportunities for the country's athletes.
"KPT representatives are also invited to share their vision and mission every time the MOM Executive Board convenes, in planning policies involving the Development and participation of International Multi-Sport Games," according to the statement.