Archery

Published: Friday December 13, 2013 MYT 3:33:00 PM
Updated: Friday December 13, 2013 MYT 3:56:43 PM

Gentle giant Haziq says archery helps him focus

Haziq Kamaruddin (right) talking to coach Lee Jae-hung in a file photo. He hopes to feature in the individual, team and mixed team events at the SEA Games.

Haziq Kamaruddin (right) talking to coach Lee Jae-hung in a file photo. He hopes to feature in the individual, team and mixed team events at the SEA Games.

NAYPYITAW: Archer Haziq Kamaruddin may be burly but he is called the little giant by his team-mates.

He weighs a massive 120kg and is 182cm tall.

The 20-year-old Johor Baru-born Haziq is also gentle and humble and loves to crack jokes with his team-mates.

“Although I am big-built, I am actually a cool and calm person.

“I have to stay calm because in archery you must keep your emotions intact to stay focused and do well,” said Haziq, who featured in the 2012 London Olympics.

“All my team-mates like me because I am always jovial and respectful.

“To be a good archer, you need to stay calm and cool and never lose your temper, as it can affect your performance,” said Haziq, who is currently pursuing a degree in sports science at Universiti Malaya.

“Some friends have asked me why someone so big-built like me took up archery.

“I like the sport as it helps me stay focused and cool,” said Haziq, who is making his second appearance in the men’s recurve event.

“In Jakarta, we won the men’s recurve team gold but I hope to do much better and bag two golds in Naypyitaw.

“We have a good team and are optimistic of winning the gold after winning the silver at the World Cup in Medellin, Colombia, in July,” said Haziq after the official training yesterday.

Haziq, however, is not sure whether he would be competing in the individual, team or the mixed team events.

“Coach Lee (Jae-hung) has not decided yet. He will only inform us later today.

“But I am keeping my fingers crossed that I will get a chance to feature in all three events,” said Haziq.

Tags / Keywords: archery, SEA Games, Malaysia, Myanmar, Naypyitaw, Nyapidaw, Haziq Kamaruddin

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