National men’s artistic gymnastics team heads to China to prepare for upcoming SEA Games
PETALING JAYA, April 20 — The national men’s artistic gymnastics team will head to China for a three-month stint as part of their preparations for next year’s SEA Games.
“It will be good for them,” said Malaysian Gymnastic Federation (MGF) secretary, N Shanmugarajah.
“We don’t have any specific target for the boys but we need to start our preparations early. All six gymnasts will go to China as we want to give them good exposure before the Games.
“They will train in Beijing and Junming.”
Mohd Hamzaruddin Nordin said he is looking forward to the China stint.
“I really hope to be selected for next year’s Games as I failed to get a medal in Singapore last year.
“If I get the nod then Kuala Lumpur will be my third SEA Games as I also competed in 2011 in Palembang,” he said.
“We do not have targets but we feel we can to win gold next year.”
Besides Hamza, the other five elite gymnasts going to China are Chau Jern Rong, Jeremiah Loo, Azroy Amierol Jaafar, Muhammad Abdul Azim Othman and Zul Bahrin Mat Asri.
Jeremiah delivered a surprise silver medal in the horizontal bar for the men’s only SEA Games medal.
The focus has been on the women’s team, who ended a 14-year drought to win the team gold at the Singapore SEA Games last year.
Farah Ann Abdul Hadi just missed out on qualifying for the Rio Olympics at last week’s qualifiers but is likely to be on the reserve’s list.
Two weeks ago, Farah Ann won the country’s first medal at a World Cup series after winning silver in the uneven bars in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
A day later, Tan Ing Yueh (balance beam) and Tracie Ang (floor exercise) won the country’s first gold medals.