KUALA LUMPUR, June 3 (Bernama) -- The Sabah Silambam squad competing in the
14th Malaysia Games created a unique history of sorts by fielding a team of
non-Indians in a sport that has been predominantly monopolized by Indians.
Team manager, S. Sunderaju Naidu said he was confident of his charges
because they are armed with an extraordinary fighting spirit and discipline.
"While most of our exponents are Muruts, Kazadan Dusun and Brunei Malays,
they are extremely interested in the Indian art of self-defence," he told
Sunderaju said he was confident that his top four performers, Mohd Nizam
Jamal (men''s 30-37kg), Zaidi Lintung (men''s 66-75kg), Marangina Karani (women''s
30-35kg) and Percella Kabing (women''s 56-65kg) would contribute at least three
"Though it is still early to make any predictions but based on the
discipline of each exponent, I am confident the squad will win gold medals," he
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Sunderaju said this was the second time the exponents were taking part in
the Malaysia Games and in the first attempt at the Malaysia Games in Melaka last
year, the Silamban squad managed to collect one silver and five bronze medals.
According to him, the self-defence event was first introduced to the Sabah
community in 2006 and has since received very encouraging response.
The Silamban event opened its courts at the Gymnasium 3 of the National
Sports Complex in Bukit Jalil today.
In today''s action, the youngest member of the squad Marangina, 16, obtained
14.1 points while her squad colleague, Mohd Nizam Jamal received 11.6 points to
qualify for the sparing event this afternoon.
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