KL girls sneak into fi­nal

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AJIT­PAL SINGH ajit­pals­ingh@nst.com.my

WORLD wushu cham­pion Loh Jack Chang has post­poned his plans to re­tire. The 30-year-old had wanted to quit af­ter the Kuala Lumpur Sea Games in Au­gust but the tai­ji­quan cham­pion now wants to end his ca­reer with out­ings in Septem­ber’s world meet in Kazan and the 2018 Asian Games.

Jack Chang made the U-turn af­ter he was in­cluded into the The num­ber of gold medals on of­fer in wushu in this year’s Sea

Games

event.

In Au­gust, 17 gold medals will be of­fered in wushu at the Sea Malaysian to fight for the belt but in­sisted it’s all des­tiny and feels no pres­sure to per­form on the in­ter­na­tional stage.

“No pres­sure, ev­ery­thing is meant to be and I am just em­brac­ing the mo­ment but this will surely be my best per­for­mance this year.”

Liv­ing and train­ing out of Auck­land, New Zealand, Ev’s pro­fes­sional record stands at 13-3 which in­cludes four wins by sub­mis­sion and four knock­outs.

Ev’s ti­tle fight comes af­ter he stunned Kamal Shalorus of Iran at ONE: Throne of Tigers to win by split de­ci­sion in the light­weight cat­e­gory in Fe­bru­ary.

The pro­fes­sional trainer will be up against a much big­ger and leaner 33-year-old home­town favourite Fo­layang who shocked the MMA world when he cap­tured the ti­tle last year fol­low­ing a vic­tory over Ja­panese le­gend Shinya Aoki. Games, and ex­pec­ta­tions are high on Jack Chang to re­tain his gold medal.

“We had a train­ing stint in China re­cently and the ses­sions have helped me iron out some of my rou­tines.

“The Sea Games is very im­por­tant to me and my team­mates.

”It will not be easy for me as ex­po­nents from Myan­mar and In­done­sia are also strong in the tai­ji­quan dis­ci­pline.

“It is def­i­nitely my fi­nal Sea Games and I want to make it mem­o­rable,” said Jack Chang.

Na­tional coach Lim Yew Fai is ex­pected to fi­nalise his squad for the Sea Games next week.

Reign­ing Asian cham­pion Weng Son and Yeap Wai Kin, along with for­mer world cham­pi­ons Diana Bong and Phoon Eyin, are among those ex­pected to make the team.

De­spite Fo­layang’s ad­van­tage when it comes to size, Ev is not wor­ried as MMA is not about body size.

“It will not be the first time I will be com­pet­ing against some­body big­ger, so it will be up to my smarts and ex­e­cu­tion of tech­nique to win it for me.”

“Any real MMA fan will know that size doesn’t mat­ter too much in a fight.”

Ev will not be the only Malaysian to fight at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila as he will be joined by com­pa­tri­ots Keanu Subba and Muham­mad Ai­man Raziz Affindi.

Keanu, 22, is set to face Chris­tian Lee in the feath­er­weight cat­e­gory and goes in with a 5-2 record.

MIMMA feath­er­weight cham­pion Ai­man has a 2-1 record and is set to test his skills against Danny Kin­gad. Farah Azharie IT will be a show­down be­tween Kuala Lumpur and Sabah in the fi­nal of the Na­tional Un­der-16 girls’ tour­na­ment to­day.

The boys’ fi­nal, mean­while, will be be­tween Perak and Tereng­ganu, who ad­vanced af­ter play­ing to a 1-1 draw with Pa­hang.

Yes­ter­day’s matches were de­layed for three hours af­ter tor­ren­tial rain flooded the Kuala Lumpur HA and Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion pitches.

In the girls’ event, Pe­nang took a 2-0 lead against Kuala Lumpur but by the 26th minute, it started to rain and the match was aban­doned for three hours.

If the score had stood, KL would have been out of the fi­nal as Se­lan­gor would have made it on bet­ter goals av­er­age. But af­ter the rain de­lay, KL man­aged to score a goal and even in de­feat, sneak into the gold bat­tle.

“KL have shown steady progress in the tour­na­ment and it would not be an easy match. How­ever, my girls are mo­ti­vated to win their first Un­der-16 ti­tle, and af­ter a days rest, I be­lieve they will not dis­ap­point,” said Sabah HA vice pres­i­dent Datuk Anil Jeet Singh.

Sabah won bronze in the Un­der16 last year by beat­ing Pa­hang 1-0.

Tereng­ganu 1 Pa­hang 1 ;

Ne­gri Sem­bi­lan 0 Sabah 8.

Pe­nang 2 Kuala Lumpur 1; Group Y: Ne­gri Sem­bi­lan 1 Jo­hor 3.

Perak v

Tereng­ganu (KLHA, 6pm);

Sabah v Kuala Lumpur (KLHA, 4pm). Jug­jet Singh

Wushu ex­po­nent Loh Jack Chang per­forms dur­ing the Sin­ga­pore Sea Games in 2015.

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