A TOTAL of 500 exponents will battle it out for a chance to represent the country at the National Silat Championships on April 24-29 at the Cheras Badminton Stadium.
The competition, which is in its 16th edition, will see athletes compete in two categories -- silat seni (artistic) and silat olahraga (combat) -- with a total of 27 gold medals on offer.
The Malaysian National Silat Federation (Pesaka) will also use the event, which was officiated by Pesaka president Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam, to select players to represent the country at the Southeast Asian Championships in Vietnam, World Championships in Thailand, and the Belgium Open later this year.
Pesaka secretary general Datuk Megat Zulkarnain Omardin said current national elite athletes who are Sea Games medallists and either World or Asian Championship title holders, will not be allowed to compete in the event.
"We are serious about finding new talent and by not allowing the elite to compete, this will allow for new faces to shine," said Megat Zulkarnain, during the launch of the event at a hotel in Petaling Jaya recently.