KUALA LUMPUR: Competing in the upcoming SEA Games in Hanoi will be like a battle in uncharted waters for national wushu representatives.
Little is known about the current performance level of athletes from the region, as the biennial Games from May 12-23 will be only the first international competition for exhibitors from Southeast Asia since the Covid-19 pandemic. 19 interrupted the international sports calendar.
To make matters worse, half of the Malaysian squad recently contracted Covid-19 during the National Sports Council (NSC) training camp.
As such, Wushu Federation of Malaysia (WFM) President Datuk Chong Kim Fatt said they would hold an internal competition for the 11 athletes selected for the SEA Games, as well as other senior, alternate exhibitors. and juniors placed in the NSC. next month.
“In my 20 years of participating in the SEA Games and the Asian Games, this is the first time that we are heading into the Games without proper competitor information and without knowing where our athletes stand to decide the goal. medals,” he said.
“Our athletes have only participated in a few online and in-house competitions over the past two years.
“Thus, the internal technical test (next month) will help us to measure the performance of our exhibitors. It’s important because this year will be a busy year with a lot of competitions, starting with the SEA Games.
Besides the SEA Games, domestic exhibitors are also expected to attend the Asian Games in Hangzhou in September; World University Games in Chengdu, China (June); Islamic Solidarity Games in Turkey (August); Junior World Championships in Tangerang, Indonesia, and Asian Youth Games in Shantou, China (both in December).
Former world champion Wong Weng Son (male jianshu) and reigning world champion Tan Cheong Min (female nandao), who was crowned national sportswoman at the National Sports Awards 2019-2020 ceremony last Tuesday, will miss the SEA Games because their events won’t be contested. — Bernama
Category A: Clement Ting Su Wei; Yeap Wai Kin (Changquan and Daoshu-Gunshu men), Tan Zhi Yan (Taijiaquan and Taijijian men), Sydney Chin Sy Xuan (Taijiquan and Taijijian women) and Kelvin Teng Kai Wen (Sanda 56 kg men). Category B: Calvin Lee Wai Leong (Nanquan, Nandao and Nangun men); Mandy Cebelle Chen (Taijiquan and Women’s Taijijian); Pang Pui Yee (Changquan, Jianshu and Qiangshu women), Lee Jia Rong (Changquan and Daoshu-Gunshu women), Chong Jian Hwa (Sanda 65 kg men) and Vicky Hwa Chang (Sanda 70 kg men).