Syakilla will only be back when fully fit

New Straits Times - - Sport -

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

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