Asean meet to gauge strength
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