Missing jacket ends Ayuni's medal hunt
COMMONWEALTH Games shooting gold medallist Nur Ayuni Farhana Abdul Halim has been left devastated after being ruled out of competing in Glasgow because her competition jacket was lost en route to Scotland.
The Malaysian, who won the 10m air-rifle pairs gold with Nur Suryani Taibi in 2010, had been due to compete in the 10m air rifle and 50m rifle prone events.
Team manager Musa Omar said he was left with no choice but to withdraw Ayuni from competition after the missing luggage, believed to be in London, was not recovered in time for Monday's registration, ahead of the start of competition tomorrow.
The Games open today and will feature over 4,000 athletes from 71 nations, including Singapore's 70-strong contingent.
"She was a gold medallist last time but now she won't even get a chance to compete. It is really painful for her. I just feel so sorry for her," Musa was quoted as saying by the Malaysian media on Monday.
"We made a report when her bag did not arrive with the other luggage. We waited for three days...today (Monday) is the last day for us to confirm the names.
"The rules clearly state that a rifle shooter must wear a jacket. We tried to borrow one, but it did not fit her. We tried to make a new one, but she said that she would need two months to get used to it."
Musa said Ayuni had been unable to stop crying and wanted to fly home immediately upon being told she would not be able to compete. But she cannot do that either.
"The licence for all her firearms is under her name. We cannot send her back immediately," Musa said. "This is all so unfortunate."
Ayuni's place in the 10m air rifle will be taken by Muslifah Zulkifli, while Suryani will take over for the 50m prone.
Meanwhile, Singapore's best hopes of glory will come from the table tennis team, which collected six golds and five silvers from a total of 24 medals on offer in the sport in New Delhi.
They are led by world No. 4 Feng Tianwei, who says they are confident of repeating their success.
She said: "I have been leading the women's team for several years. For this Commonwealth Games, we have a new team, but the confidence is high and our younger players have shown a lot of fighting spirit.
"I believe that the younger players are able to deal with the pressure and perform their best."