(File pix) Nur Suryani Taibi

KUALA LUMPUR: National shooter Nur Suryani Taibi, who sued the National Sports Institute (NSI) last year, has been selected for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games on April 4-15

National Shooting Association of Malaysia (NSAM) secretary Adam Tee confirmed that Suryani is among the seven shooters selected for the multi-sport games.

The 36-year-old Suryani along with Muslifah Zulkifli and Nur Ayuni Farhana Abdul Halim sued NSI after they were dropped from the Podium Programme last year.

The NSI have since expressed their readiness to settle the case out of court.

On NSAM's decision to select Olympian Suryani, Adam explained: “We take shooting as shooting. The issue (lawsuit) is a separate matter, so let's keep it that way.”

"She is a shooter with talent. We selected her based on her performance,” said Adam.

Adam, however, declined to comment further on Muslifah and Nur Ayuni.

Adam disclosed that 22 shooters initially made the cut for the Commonwealth Games but only seven could be named.

“We would have loved to send more shooters, but the organisers have set a limit of seven entries from each nation.

The others bound for the Gold Coast are Sea Games champions Johnathan Wong (men’s 10m air pistol), Ezuan Nasir Khan (50m rifle prone), Benjamin Khor (double trap), Hasli Izwan Amir Hasan (25m rapid fire pistol), Alia Sazana Azahari (women’s 25m pistol) and Bibiana Ng (10m air pistol).

NSAM assistant secretary Muzli Mustakim is the team manager. The shooters will leave for the Gold Coast on April 1.

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