Nur Suryani's fearless pursuit without support at the Asian Games

HANGZHOU: The evergreen Nur Suryani Taibi is not harbouring high hopes in her fourth outing at the Asian Games here.

The 41-year-old is one of the oldest athletes in the contingent and is competing in the Asian Games without the support of the National Sports Council.

The Olympian will start her campaign in the women's 10m rifle event on Sunday.

Nur Suryani is best remembered for winning a silver and a bronze in the 50m rifle prone individual and team events at the 2014 Incheon edition.

"This time, I'm competing as an athlete outside of the National Sports Council programme.

"Over the past year, I have not gone out of the country to compete or train.

"However, I still want to do my best. I consider myself my biggest enemy, not my rivals.

"The other competitors are regular people too. No one can say they are perfect in any competition.

"Thus, I choose not to burden myself by worrying about the others," she said.

Newcomer Alia Husna Budruddin will also compete in the same event.

Coach Zubair Mohammad noted that the 10m air rifle isn't the preferred discipline for either shooters.

Nonetheless, Zubair believes that it will serve as a valuable warm-up for them in preparation for the 50m rifle three-position event.

The shooting competition will take place at the Fuyang Yinhu Shooting Range.

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