Friday, May 3, 2013

Two local Taekwondo exponents to miss Myanmar SEA Games

Source: Borneo Post

KUCHING: Sarawak Taekwondo Association (PTNS) president, Mohd Salleh Sani recently disclosed two of its exponents are unable to join the national squad bound for the coming 27th SEA Games to be held in Myanmar from Dec 11 to 22.

“We actually have five exponents who were recently selected to join the national squad but unfortunately two of them are unable to make it because unforeseen circumstances,” he lamented.

According to him, the selected exponents were Dayang Farhanah Abang Sazali, Jenny Soh Fong Mee, Marena Tee Zulariffin, Shirley Kua Xiao Zie, all in the women’s squad and Low Kwong Yew for the men’s squad.

Dayang was supposed to compete in the flyweight category (46-49kg), Jenny in welterweight category (62-72kg), Marena in middleweight category (67-73kg), Shirley in heavyweight category (above 72kg) and Low in men’s welterweight (74-80kg).

Salleh however said Dayang was unable to join the squad because she is continuing her studies and is also facing some weight issues while Low on other hand, had to go to Singapore to attend urgent matters.

“We were disappointed with the unexpected turn of events but nevertheless three of our exponents will continue to soldier on and they will join the national squad in early May,” he said.

He mentioned the local exponents were selected based on their achievements at national level including last year’s Pahang Sukma where Sarawak dethroned Trengganu to emerge champion in taekwondo.

The five exponents were among those who brought home four golds, two silvers and two bronze.

Both Dayang and Shirley won gold medals each while Marena Tee won silver and 17-year-old Low won bronze.

“We are proud of them for being selected and their selection will augur well for the development taekwondo in Sarawak where more young people will be interested to take up the martial arts,” Salleh enthused.

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