Shasan­gari in fit­ness bat­tle

New Straits Times - - Sport - FABIAN PETER

Sea Games gold medal­list N.Shasan­gari Si­vaneswary is fight­ing against time to re­cover from an an­kle in­jury be­fore the rhyth­mic gym­nas­tics tri­als for the Kuala Lumpur Sea Games later this month.

The 18-year-old gym­nast, who won the in­di­vid­ual all around gold two years ago, picked up the in­jury dur­ing train­ing last Thurs­day and will miss the Aphrodite Cup in Greece (March 24-26)

“It’s re­ally un­for­tu­nate that I in­jured my an­kle just last week and will now have to miss the com­pe­ti­tion in Greece.

“I don’t think it’s se­ri­ous, but I will have to re­cover soon and come back stronger be­cause I re­ally want to de­fend the gold medal here and do well for the team.

“It’s not easy be­cause there are seven of us vy­ing for four spots and we are very com­pet­i­tive,” said Shangari yes­ter­day.

Apart from Shangari, the other six elite gym­nasts are Koi Sie Yan, who also won gold in Sin­ga­pore, Amy Kwan Dict Wen, Iz­zah Amzan, Chong Lok Yi, Olivia Tai Qing Tong and Wong Poh San.

Mean­while KL Sea Games Chef de Mis­sion (CDM) Datuk Ma­rina Chin does not want to put pres­sure on the ath­letes de­spite a clean sweep tar­get set by the Malaysian Gym­nas­tic Fed­er­a­tion (MGF).

“I have faith in our ath­letes. be­cause if they are not good. I am con­fi­dent we will do well,” said Ma­rina who yes­ter­day vis­ited the gym­nasts in Bukit Jalil.

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