Malaysians defend cost of Commonwealth Games mauling

“It is unfair to say that it is a waste of funds to send the team there as this is a great avenue for us to expose our team to some playing against some of the best teams in the world,” MRU secretary general Suhaimi Zainuddin told the New Straits Times on Monday.


“Where else can we can we get this opportunity?”

The Malaysians suffered 50-point defeats by Wales and Samoa in group play at last month’s event at Ibrox Stadium and registered their only try of the pool stage in a 36-7 loss to Papua New Guinea.

They were then thrashed 35-0 by Uganda in the Bowl Competition before almost registering a first win in the semi-finals of the Shield, only to be denied 15-10 by Trinidad and Tobago.

Only Barbados (248) conceded more points in the 14-minute long matches for teams of seven players on a full-size pitch but Suhaimi said the experience would stand them in good stead for next month’s Asian Games and the 2015 Southeast Asian Games.

“Yes we did not do well in Glasgow but it was not our worst ever performance,” he told the paper. “We expected the competition to be tough and had not in any way set lofty targets before the tournament.

“What experience we gain from competing may not help that much at future editions of the Commonwealth Games but it will help us at competitions such as the SEA Games and Asian Games where we have a much more realistic chance of winning medals.

“If we just stayed at home to save money that will not help us very much. It would mean we are just content to stay at the level we are.”

(Reporting by Patrick Johnston; Editing by John O’Brien)