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Yeap Wai Kin of the Taolu discipline will make his debut for Malaysia at the 12th World Wushu Championships in Kuala Lumpur from Nov 1-5. The STAR/ Low Boon Tat
KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian wushu team will be banking on experience and a month’s training with the China national team to help surpass their previous best of four gold medals when they host the 12th edition of the World Championships from Nov 1-5 at the Kuala Lumpur Badminton Stadium in Cheras.
Malaysia snagged four gold medals at the 2005 edition of the world meet in Vietnam and it remains until today the best ever achievement.
This is the second time Malaysia is hosting the world meet and 72 countries have confirmed participation.
The country hosted the second edition of the world meet in Kota Kinabalu in 1993 but the current team, enjoying full support from the National Sports Council, are certainly better prepared.
The 10 taolu (weapons and barehands) exponents identified for the world meet recently returned from a month-long training stint in Foochow and coach Yoong Thong Foong is optimistic of his charges bringing out their best next month.
Eight out of the 10 exponents have won medals at the world meet before with Phoon Eyin and Yeap Wai Kin as the debutants.
Lee Yang and Ho Mun Hua took gold in taijiquan and nanquan (southern fist barehands) at the 2009 world meet in Toronto.
Even the absence of two-time Asian Games champion Chai Fong Ying will still not be felt as Thong Foong is confident he can depend on Ng Shin Yii to shine in women’s taijiquan or taijijian (taiji sword).
“Shin Yii can do well as she has been performing alongside Fong Ying for the last few years in the taiji discipline.
“She won a silver medal at the 2009 world meet and if she does not make any mistakes, stands as good a chance as anybody.
“The team is well prepared as we spent a month training together with the China national team.
“Even the youngsters competing at the world championships for the first time (Eyin and Wai Kin) are capable of pulling off a few surprises as their events are being contested for the first time.
“There are new forms of changquan (northern fist barehands) for the world championships this time,” he said.
Thong Foong added China will be the favourites when it comes to wushu but that does not mean other countries won’t stand a chance.
“There are events that China will not enter and it is open to other countries. The difficulty levels have gone up and there is still a chance if any of the Chinese exponents make a mistake.”
There is also hope for Mohd Meeraj Omar to make history as the first gold medallist for Malaysia in sanshou (Chinese boxing) next month.
Meeraj, of Pakistani-Malaysian background, bagged the silver at the World Cup and Asian Championships in China last year.
Taolu (forms discipline)
Sanshou (sparring discipline)
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