Malaysian Rugby Union Eyes Medal For Rugby Sevens At 2018 ASIAD

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KUALA LUMPUR, July 12 (Bernama) – The Malaysia Rugby Union (MRU) is still hoping for the country's rugby sevens squad to contribute a medal at the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia, although the Olympic Council of Malaysia has not placed any set target for the sport.

MRU president Shahrul Zaman Yahya admitted it was not easy for the squad to deal with great teams from countries like Hong Kong, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Philippines and China, but added that nothing was impossible.

"The players now need to keep their focus and prepare themselves for the Asian Games which is just a little more than a month away.

"The Sapporo Sevens Championship in Japan early next month will be the final preparation for the squad before heading to Jakarta," he said after a ceremony to handover rugby balls sponsored by Gilbert at Wisma OCM on Wednesday.

Malaysia has been placed in group B with Japan, Taiwan and hosts Indonesia at the Asian Games which takes place from Aug 18 to Sept 2.

For the record, Malaysia has failed to get a podium finish in the last two editions of the Games, finishing fifth in Guangzhou, China (2010) and ninth in Incheon, South Korea (2014).