KUALA LUMPUR: The three-gold medal target set by the BAM for the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, could be the toughest for the national squad in the history of the games.
According to former national shuttler Roslin Hashim, Malaysia have always enjoyed an easy ride, being one of the favourites, but times have changed.
Since the inception of the sport at the 1966 edition in Kingston, Jamaica, Malaysia have won a total of 27 gold medals, to be the second most successful nation at the Games behind England on 35.
"Gone are the days, when we could go to the Commonwealth Games and know for a fact, that we will come back with at least three gold medals.
"Times have changed... the three gold medal target this time is probably the toughest to achieve for the national side," said Roslin, who in his illustrious career, has never played in the Commonwealth Games.
"Previously, we were almost guaranteed of a gold medal from Lee Chong Wei in men's singles, but this time around, he will be challenged by India's K. Srikanth and H.S. Prannoy.
"In women's singles, I don't think we even have a chance against India. Of course it's not impossible to win three gold medals, but I don't think it will be easy," added Roslin.
At the previous Games in Glasgow, Scotland, Malaysia won three gold medals through men's doubles Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong, women's doubles Vivian Hoo-Woon Khe Wei and in the mixed team event.
This time, due to injuries, Malaysia are forced to depend on the scratch women's doubles combination of Vivian-Chow Mei Kuan.
The other shuttlers in the squad are women's singles' Soniia Cheah, men's doubles V Shem-Wee Kiong, mixed doubles' Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai Jemie and Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying.
Malaysia will begin their campaign in the mixed team event, where they are in Group D alongside Canada, Ghana and Seychelles.