There's hope yet for Ayuni
MALAYSIA'S government has launched an appeal to the Commonwealth Games organisers to have rifle shooter Nur Ayuni Farhana Abdul Halim reinstated in the competition, after she was withdrawn because her competition shooting jacket had gone missing en route to Scotland.
Ayuni, who won the Commonwealth Games gold medal with Nur Suryani Taibi in the 10m air-rifle pairs in New Delhi four years ago, was left devastated by her team's decision, after the garment failed to turn up in time for Monday's registration.
Malaysia team manager Musa Omar said a borrowed jacket did not fit, while Ayuni said a new one would take two months to get used to, so he was forced to register Muslifah Zulkifli in the 10m air rifle and Suryani in the 50m prone instead.
However, there remained a glimmer of hope that Ayuni, who is still in Glasgow, could compete in the shooting competition, which begins today.
"We will appeal on her behalf if we can locate the jacket," Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin told The Star.
"If not, then it will definitely affect our prospects of winning gold medals in shooting.
"It's really unfortunate that her jacket did not arrive from London, even though Ayuni and the national shooting team landed in Glasgow on July 17. She's devastated."
The Commonwealth Games kicked off yesterday.