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Friday October 18, 2013 MYT 7:07:01 PM
by james tang
A file photo of Mohd Hatta Mahamut. The karate exponent will be going for gold at the Myanmar SEA Games after being out of action for nearly two years.
KUALA LUMPUR: Mohd Hatta Mahamut has been out of action for nearly two years with a knee injury. Now, the karate exponent is itching to make a comeback in the Myanmar SEA Games in December.
The Laos 2009 SEA Games gold medallist in the 84kg category did not take part in the 2011 Palembang Games because of the injury.
But he is now ready to lead the karate team to a golden outing in Myanmar.
With a new head coach – Andris Vasiljevs of Latvia – in charge, the team looked to be in high spirits during training at Gymnasium 2 of the Bukit Jalil Sports Complex on Friday.
“We have been preparing for the SEA Games for some time and even participated in several competitions in the past few months. We are now carrying out specific training to iron out our weaknesses and be prepared for the challenges in Myanmar,” said the 27-year-old, who also had to skip the 2012 Asian Karate Championships in Uzbekistan because of his injury.
“I feel good now and am ready to make a comeback at this year’s SEA Games.”
As the captain and a senior in the group, Hatta has warned his younger team-mates not to underestimate their opponents in Myanmar.
“Our younger fighters certainly have the talent ... and the experience, having taken part in the World League competitions and Asian Championships, but the SEA Games is a different setting. I’m worried they might be shocked by the environment in Myanmar,” said Hatta.
“I’ll try my best as the captain to tell them what to expect and make sure they are well-prepared mentally to deal with the pressure and the environment.”
Hatta, of Perak, is clearly relishing this second chance and is determined to regain his winning ways.
And he could very well get going again in Myanmar.
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