Thursday, June 4, 2009

Nurul Ain's Chances Of Going To The Olympics Still Bright

Nurul Ain (center) with the trophy she won during the recent Monsoon Cup in Terengganu

KUALA LUMPUR, May 3 (Bernama) -- Asean sailing champion Nurul Ain Md Isa [who is also a student of Open University Malaysia Perak Branch] can still hang on to her dream of competing in the 2012 London Olympics as the Malaysian Yachting Association (MYA) is willing to take up her case.

MYA general manager Mohd Affendy Abdullah said the association was willing to meet Nurul Ain to discuss the help needed by the 24-year-old to realise the dream.

"We were quite dissapointed that Nurul Ain went directly to Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek recently to plead her case without discussing her plight with us first," he told Bernama here Wednesday.

Nurul Ain, who hails from Perak, had gone to see Ahmad Shabery to seek sponsorhip in her effort to garner sufficient race points to enable her to qualify for the London Games.

Mohd Affendy said MYA was willing to help Nurul Ain to be absorbed into the national team although she had once turned down such an offer.

With this, he said he hoped the sailor, who is faced with financial and other woes, would not disregard the association but instead discuss her problems with it first.

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