TERENGGANU hope to consolidate their maiden victory in the athletics competition two years ago with another dominant performance at the Malaysia Games in Perlis next week.
Terengganu Amateur Athletics Association vice president Rajemah Sheikh Ahmad said the state has set a target of exceeding the six-gold haul in Kuantan which helped the state to clinch the overall games title.
“Winning the overall title (athletics) was a big achievement for us in Kuantan as we had finished second to Johor in 2010 and 2008,” said Rajemah.
“We will be sending 38 athletes to the athletics competition. Our aim is to win at least one or two more than we did the last time and I believe it is an achievable goal.”
Rajemah added that the sprint events, which delivered all six gold at the last edition of the games, will again be key to the state’s campaign in Kangar.
Myanmar Sea Games 200m silver medallist Harith Ammar Mohd Sobri is favoured to defend his gold in the 100m and add the 200m as well this time while Ajmal Aiman Mat Hasan (men’s 110m hurdles), Layalia Rameli (women’s 400m hurdles) and both men’s and women’s 4x400m relay teams are also expected to deliver the goods.
She also disclosed that the state’s improved incentive scheme has also lifted team spirit.
“Obviously doing well for our state has always been important regardless of money but the higher incentive scheme of RM6,000 for gold and RM4,000 for silver has taken our athletes’ motivation to the next level.
“The state (government) has also promised us (association) a new van if we can win more than six gold this time.”
Previously, RM5,000 and RM3,000 were paid out for gold and silver. The amount for winning a bronze, however, remains at RM2,000.