OLYMPIC GLORY: The world has not seen the best of Malaysian athletes... yet
LONDON: THERE are two potential scenarios for Malaysia in London 2012 -- bettering the high of Atlanta '96 or faring as badly as the contingent that went to Athens '04, which led to former NST sports editor Lazarus Rokk calling it the nation's own Greek tragedy.
Athens '04 led to a massive overhaul how athletes were prepared for major meets and the results were seen in Beijing four years later, which resulted in a 12-year-wait for a medal ending with Lee Chong Wei winning silver.
While that was to be Malaysia's biggest achievement in the 2008 Games, there were some other notable results achieved in archery, cycling and diving and four years later, athletes from these sports are all in the running for medals in London.
Malaysians are a pessimistic bunch when it comes to sport and they have every right to be but we must, as the curtains go up on London 2012, be proud that progress has been made and we have genuine reasons to be optimistic that medals will be won.