Asean meet to gauge strength

New Straits Times - - Sport -

THE 13th edi­tion of the Asean Taek­wondo Cham­pi­onships that starts in Kan­gar to­day is the per­fect plat­form for the national ex­po­nents to gauge their strength ahead of the Kuala Lumpur Sea Games in Au­gust.

Taek­wondo Malaysia (TM) tech­ni­cal chair­man R. Dha­naraj said the national team have been set a tar­get of four gold medals at the com­pe­ti­tion that runs till Sun­day.

Two gold medals are ex­pected each in ky­orugi (spar­ring) and poom­sae (pat­tern).

“There are two cat­e­gories be­ing con­tested with our Sea Games-bound ex­po­nents com­pet­ing in the elite event for those 16 and above.

“We have set a tar­get of four gold medals and hope­fully, they will come through Nur Dhia Sha­harud­din (fly­weight) and Nu­rul Farah Alisa Roslan (feath­er­weight) in ky­orugi.

“In poom­sae, we are hop­ing for our mixed pair Yong Jin Kun-Yap Khim Wen and the men’s team of Chew Wei Yan, Kok Jun Ee and Jin Kun to de­liver the goods.”

Malaysia have failed to win a Sea Games gold medal since the 2009 edi­tion in Laos.

Dha­naraj be­lieves the drought will end this year.

“The Asean meet will also serve as a com­pe­ti­tion where we get to study and learn from our com­peti­tors who are likely to send the same ex­po­nents in Au­gust.”

At the Sin­ga­pore Games two years ago, Malaysia set­tled for three sil­ver and three bronze medals. Fabian Peter

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