Syakilla will only be back when fully fit
THIS weekend’s Karate1 Premier League meet in Dubai comes too soon for Syakilla Salni Jefry Krishnan as she continues her rehabilitation from elbow surgery.
The 2014 World Championships silver medallist has already missed Premier League meets in Paris and Rotterdam this year and will not be able to defend the below-55kg gold medal she won in Dubai last year.
However, depending on the progress of her recovery, 2014 Asian Games winner Syakilla could be back for the next stop on the circuit in Rabat on Apr 1416.
Malaysian Karate Federation secretary-general Vincent Chen confirmed that Syakilla will not be rushed into action before she is fully recovered.
“She will not be competing here,” said Vincent when contacted in Dubai yesterday.
Even in Syakilla’s absence, the national exponents have returned with at least one medal from each Premier League meet in 2017.
S. Senthil Kumaran won a silver in Paris in the men’s below-60kg while the men’s kata team returned with a bronze from Rotterdam.
Three kata exponents — Lim Chee Wei, Thomson Hoe and Celine Lee — also reached the quarter-finals of the individual kata events and were not far from winning medals.
National kata coach Ku Jin Keat again intends to allow all the exponents to compete in the individual events to gain experience.
“The competition allows for multiple entries from the same country in the individual event so we are taking advantage of that to expose our exponents,” he said.
Chee Wei and Thomson will be joined by Ivan Oh and Emmanuel Leong in the men’s individual kata, as they did in Rotterdam, while Thor Chee Yee and Chang Sin Yi will accompany Celine in the women’s event.
Others competing in Dubai are R. Sharmendran (men’s below75kg), S. Prem Kumar (men’s below-60kg), S. Shree Sharmini and C. Shamalarani (both women’s below-50kg). Devinder Singh