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Published: Wednesday October 23, 2013 MYT 8:00:00 PM
Updated: Wednesday October 23, 2013 MYT 8:13:14 PM

Karate-do stalwart Yamini calls it a day

PETALING JAYA: Malaysian karate lost its main stalwart with the resignation of G. Yamini.

The experienced Yamini, who has featured in the national elite team for a decade, handed in her resignation letter to the National Sports Council (NSC) and the Malaysian Karate Federation on Wednesday.

The 32-year-old underwent knee surgery in December last year and has been going for rehabilitation for the most part of the year.

However, that is not the only reason why she has thrown in the towel.

“It’s enough ... I feel it will be difficult for me to stay competitive at my age,” said the Cheras-born exponent.

“I’m happy that I’ve served the national team for so many years.

“I’m grateful to the NSC for understanding my position and sending me for tournaments all this while.”

Yamini has thus given up the chance to win a fourth consecutive SEA Games gold medal in Myanmar in December as well as the opportunity to compete for gold at the Asian Games in Incheon next year.

Yamini, who first joined the national squad in 2003 and fights in below 61kg kumite category, bagged a silver at the last Asian Games in Guangzhou in 2010 and bronze in Doha four years earlier.

She also won two consecutive gold medals at the Asian Championships in Macau (2005) and Nilai (2007).

Her only regret will be her failure to win a medal at the World Championships.

“I came so close to winning a medal at the world meet in Finland in 2006 when I reached the semi-finals. It’s the biggest event for our sport ... but it’s okay. I still have good memories from the Asian Games and SEA Games.

“I think I’m the only exponent who had never failed to win a medal from each Asian Championships I competed in.

“I’ve won all the medals – gold, silver and bronze at the Asian meet,” said Yamini, who plans to venture into business.

But she is not going to ditch the sport, altogether.

“I’ll still coach my clubs and in schools. I still have my students and I can’t just leave them in a lurch,” said Yamini, who is attached with the Hayashi-ha Club.

Tags / Keywords: G Yamini, karate

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