GOLD COAST: Failure is not an option for the national contingent at the Commonwealth Games which begins tomorrow (Wednesday) with the opening ceremony.
On the contrary, it will be a disaster if the national contingent do not meet the objective of a top 10 placing, though Podium Programme director Tim Newenham has his own thoughts and views on this matter.
“I do not feel any pressure,” said Newenham when asked if the Podium Programme athletes he has guided and overseen will feel the heat if Malaysia fail to achieve such an objective.
“Our Key Performance Index (KPI) is to finish in the top 10 and from what we can see, there are a few Podium Programme athletes who can contribute gold medals.
“The Programme has given 100 per cent to the athletes in terms of providing them with all the necessities and essentials they need to succeed. The target is to have an effective and sustainable management system in place for the athletes in the run up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
“Our athletes have gone through the best possible preparations they have ever had.
“They were provided with the best equipment and opportunities to compete and take part in championships overseas with training together with top quality athletes.
“This is the time for them to show how they have developed by seizing the opportunity to shine in the Games.”
Speaking after a function at the Games village, Newenham did also say that it is hoped that Podium Programme athletes will give 100 per cent at the Commonwealth Games.
“We do not want our athletes to be under added pressure when they are competing here at the Games. We want them to be happy while representing the country and to give their very best.
“If we are under pressure and were to take it out on our athletes, then I feel it will hinder them in achieving their objective and performing as best they can,” said Newenham.