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Published: Tuesday December 3, 2013 MYT 7:42:00 PM
Updated: Tuesday December 3, 2013 MYT 7:50:49 PM

Silat exponent Al Jufferi’s back for more glory

National silat exponent Mohd Al Jufferi Jamari is confident of retaining his 65-70kg category gold medal at the Myanmar SEA Games beginning Dec 11 in Nyapyitaw. - Filepic

National silat exponent Mohd Al Jufferi Jamari is confident of retaining his 65-70kg category gold medal at the Myanmar SEA Games beginning Dec 11 in Nyapyitaw. - Filepic

PETALING JAYA: National silat exponent Mohd Al Jufferi Jamari is confident of retaining his 65kg-70kg Tanding category gold medal at the Myanmar SEA Games.

The 21-year-old exponent from Kuantan was a surprise gold medallist in the last edition of the SEA Games in Palembang two years ago.

Jufferi said the gold medal in Palembang was proof that he has the talents and a bright future in the sports.

“My breakthrough in the sport came when I won the gold medal at the age of 19 in Indonesia ... it’s a feeling that I will never forget,” said Jufferi.

“It has made me hungrier for success and to become a better silat exponent ... I’m ready to defend my gold medal in Myanmar. It would be really special for me if I can win the gold medal again.

“I don’t think there is any additional pressure on me to win a gold medal in Nyapyitaw. I believe I have matured since two years ago. ”

The silat team will leave for Nyapyitaw early as their competition is scheduled to start on Monday – two days before the opening ceremony on Wednesday.

Silat team manager Datuk Osman Nok has set a target of bringing back at least three gold medals from Myanmar.

The Malaysian silat team contributed three golds, one silver and seven bronzes in Palembang.

“Although we will be leaving early to Nyapyitaw, there should be no problem because we are well-prepared,” said Jufferi.

“We just need to work on getting our minds focused on the competition.”

Tags / Keywords: SEA Games, Nyapidaw, Nyapyitaw, Myanmar, silat

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