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Published: Sunday December 8, 2013 MYT 9:26:00 PM
Updated: Sunday December 8, 2013 MYT 9:27:49 PM

Malaysia muay thai team looking for a fair fight

PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian muay thai team are hoping for a memorable outing and a fair judging system at the Myanmar SEA Games.

Team manager Saifulnizam Mohd Shahar’s biggest concern is the judging during the competition which takes place at the Wunna Theikdi Sports Complex from Dec 15-21.

“Like any martial arts, there is bound to be some degree of bias or favouritism exercised to favour one opponent over the other. It’s how it is and we to accept that. We just hope that it won’t prove to be so biased that it is going to cost us some medals,” said Saifulnizam.

“In competitions like this, we hope they (the judges) won’t be country-biased too. I hope they give our fighters a fair and fighting chance in all the matches,” he added.

Malaysia will be represented by Mohd Sukri Hassan (48kg), Mohd Lokman Akimi Mat Roji (51kg), Muhammad Fikri Kadir (54kg), Ain Kamaruddin (57kg), Mohamad Rafi Abdul Manaf (60kg), Mohd Amirul Ariffin (63.5kg) and Mohd Faizal Ramli (75kg). All the fighters will be competing using protective gear as required by competition rules.

With 14 medals at stake, the Muay Thai Association of Malaysia (MAM) have opted for a rather modest target of one gold.

“Rafi and Faizal are our best bets for the gold. Despite earning a late call-up, up-and-coming Ain is also a strong bet. We are banking on him to spring a surprise.

“It’s the first time we are competing in the Games and we aim to put on a good show.”

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