The Philippines are also expected to go up on the podium with Filipino-American Eric Cray in the 400m hurdles and 100m dash, Kayla Richardson in the 100m and 200m, pole vaulter EJ Obiena and long-jumper Janry Ubas. Marathoner Mary Joy Tabal is expected to deliver a distance performance to remember as well as triple jumper Harry Diones.Swimming Singapore is set to make a splash in the swimming events, torpedoing towards gold with relentless power. Five-time SEA Games participant and multiple gold medallist, Quah Ting Wen who will be zooming in on freestyle events, is one to watch. The two-time Olympian underwent minor surgery last year, but is once again in fighting form and ready to coast through to the finals. Gymnastics Malaysia’s rhythmic gymnastics squad are in fine form and will be looking to take home a haul of at least six gold medals this year. National gymnast, Farah Ann Abdul Hadi will defend the two gold medals she won in Singapore while Shasangari Sivaneswary Nagarajan and male gymnast, Jeremiah Loh Phay Xing will show his strength on the Pommel Horse, Rings, Horizontal Bars and Parallel Bar events. Basketball In Basketball, the national team will be battling against hotly tipped favourites the Philippines who have all but dominated the sport over the years, winning a total of 17 gold medals in SEA Games throughout the years. The only gold that Malaysia has ever won in the event was back in 1989 – denying the Philippines a perfect streak of 18 overall. Cricket On the Cricket pitch, Malaysia is aiming to win at least two out of the three gold medals at stake in the men’s T20 and T50 events at the Kinrara Oval. On the women’s side, the highly ranked Thail team will be making their presence felt at the T20 event, where they are expected to bowl up a storm and rack up the runs.
Netball The nail-biting women’s netball finale at the 2015 SEA Games saw Singapore hold off Malaysia in the last quarter to win 46-43. Singapore’s 2017 squad boasts a mix of experienced (five of the players were part of the 2015 team) and exciting new talent that will put up a strong defence and even harder offense as they look to defend their title.
The Malaysian team, having emerged as champions at the Asian Netball Championship in 2016, will now possess a home ground advantage that will help them push towards the gold. Team chief coach, Tracey Robinson has said the squad is in peak physical condition and is confident of the team clinching the gold this time around.
29th SEA Games When: 19-30 August, 2017 ASEAN Para Games When: 17-23 September, 2017 Where: KL Sports City, Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (MITEC), Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC), Nilai Velodrome, Putrajaya, MATRADE Exhibition and Convention Centre, Langkawi (Kedah) kualalumpur2017.com.my