Archery

Published: Wednesday December 18, 2013 MYT 1:51:00 PM
Updated: Wednesday December 18, 2013 MYT 1:54:46 PM

Archers can now train at night thanks to floodlights

The men's recurve team (from left) Haziq Kamaruddin, Khairul Anuar Mohd and Atiq Bazil Bakri after winning the gold medal. The archers will be able to train at night after the floodlights are installed at the archery range in Bukit Jalil.

The men's recurve team (from left) Haziq Kamaruddin, Khairul Anuar Mohd and Atiq Bazil Bakri after winning the gold medal. The archers will be able to train at night after the floodlights are installed at the archery range in Bukit Jalil.

NAYPYITAW: National archery coach Lee Jae-hyung will head home on Thursday with one of his biggest headaches solved.

As per Jae-hyung’s request, the National Sports Council (NSC) are finally fixing floodlights at the archery range in Bukit Jalil and Jae-hyung can now conduct night training to further beef up the team’s preparations for two major events – the 2014 Asian Games in South Korea and the 2016 Olympic Games.

Jae-hyung has been struggling to get his archers to train together this year because most of them are university students and all their schedules are different.

Despite the challenge, his archers did the country proud at the Myanmar SEA Games by winning two gold medals – in the men’s recurve individual and team events.

Khairul Anuar Mohd defeated compatriot Atiq Bazil Bakri for his first SEA Games individual gold while three of them – Khairul, Atiq and Haziq Kamaruddin defended the team gold.

Jae-hyung said the night training session would help him to push the archers further in reaching for higher targets.

“Some countries, including South Korea, have this facility. The lights are being fixed right now and we can start our new season by training at night as well,” said Jae-hyung.

“I encourage archers to further their studies but sometimes, we cannot get all of them together. Khairul, Atiq and Haziq are all students but Haziq for instance, had fewer training session than the others coming into the SEA Games because of classes and exams.

“With night training, the archers can manage both their studies and training with some breathing space. The training must be intensified as the competition in the Asian Games is stiffer. The Olympic qualification year is in 2015 but I want them to train full-time from now onwards.

“We have done okay in the SEA Games and our immediate goal now is to win our first medal in the Asian Games. South Korea and China are the favourites but we can challenge them.

On the poor showing of the women archers at the SEA Games, Jae-hyung admitted that they needed more focus and exposure.

“Most of them are first-timers at the SEA Games and were inconsistent. I am confident that with more training, we can improve their game and rectify their lack of self-esteem and confidence.”

Tags / Keywords: archery, Myanmar SEA Games, Naypyitaw, Nyapidaw, Lee Jae-hyung, floodlights

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