MANILA: Malaysia’s chef-de-mission (CDM) to the 30th SEA Games, Datuk Megat Zulkarnain Omardin is optimistic the national contingent can meet its target of 70 gold medals, with five days left in the competition.

Megat Zulkarnain said although some of the sports with gold medal prospects did not deliver, the situation was still under control.

“I think we are on the right track, but it’s too early to say we can definitely reach it. I believe there are many other sports that we are really good at.

“We also have some sports that have given us some bonus (medals), such as snooker today. Snooker was not on our list for the gold medal, they were only aiming to win silver.

“Their success has indirectly made up for the sport we expected to win a gold medal in (but didn’t),” he told the media after witnessing the men’s snooker doubles finals at the Manila Hotel Tent here, Friday. – Bernama