Published: Saturday January 25, 2014 MYT 9:06:00 PM
Updated: Saturday January 25, 2014 MYT 10:06:48 PM

Dr Farrah gives back to the sport she loves

KUALA LUMPUR: After a lapse of nearly 20 years, former national rhythmic gymnast Dr Farrah-Hani Imran is back with a very different challenge.

The Malaysian Gymnastics Federation (MGF) have named Dr Farrah-Hani as the team manager of the national team for the 13th Junior Rhythmic Gymnastics Asian Championships at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil from Feb 18-25.

The competition is one of the biggest on the MGF calendar this year as it is also a qualifying tournament for the second Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Nanjing, China, from Aug 16-28.

Dr Farrah-Hani, who quit the sport in 1994, is looking forward to the assignment.

“I’m very excited to be part of the team and to be given such a responsibility. From my days as an athlete, I’ve been a firm believer that if you want to do something, you have to do it right. I’m at a place right now in my career where I can afford to give back to the sport which has given me so much,” said Farrah-Hani who is the head of the plastic and reconstructive surgery at the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) Medical Centre.

The 10-gymnast team (four gymnasts for the individual competition and six for the group exercise) is being trained by national development squad coach Lidia Legotina and Yulia Ivanova (individuals), Federal Territory coach Eriko Akebayashi (group exercise) and national ballet instructors Tatyana Nikova and Ildar Kolesyanov.

“We’ve got a fantastic team of coaches with us. I’m looking forward to working with the girls to maximise the team’s cohesiveness as well as mental strength.

“It’s two very crucial ingredients. Being a former gymnast, I’ll able to draw upon my own experience and using the skills that I’ve picked up both through gymnastics and my professional career to impart that knowledge to the girls,” said said Dr Farrah-Hani.


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