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Published: Thursday December 12, 2013 MYT 3:04:00 PM
Updated: Thursday December 12, 2013 MYT 3:05:24 PM

Mum's the word for karate exponents

Lim Chee Wei in a file photo. He features in the men’s individual kata. The other members of the men’s team kata are Leong Tze Wai and Emmanuel Kuan. Karate at the SEA Games begins on Friday. – Bernama Photo

Lim Chee Wei in a file photo. He features in the men’s individual kata. The other members of the men’s team kata are Leong Tze Wai and Emmanuel Kuan. Karate at the SEA Games begins on Friday. – Bernama Photo

NAYPYITAW: National karate exponents know how to handle pressure – by temporarily shutting out the media.

The national exponents cannot be interviewed by the media before their competition, which begins Friday at the Wunna Theikdi Indoor Stadium.

Team manager Othman Abdullah said that the instruction is from national chief coach Andrs Vasiljevs of Latvia.

“The coach does not want the national exponents to feel pressure before their competitions.

“However, the press can interview them after their competition is over,” said Othman, who is a council member of the Malaysian Karate-do Federation (Makaf), on Thursday.

At previous editions of the Games, when the national chief coach was A. Arivalagan, there was no such ruling.

Arivalagan, a former international exponent, allowed the media to interview the karate exponents before competitions for the Jakarta SEA Games, where Malaysia won four golds.

Instructions notwithstanding, Makaf have set a target of bagging three of the 17 golds at stake in Myanmar.

There are six medals up for grabs on the first day of competition – four in the men’s and women’s kata individual and team event, and two in kumite.

Lim Chee Wei will feature in the men’s individual kata. The other members of the men’s team kata are Leong Tze Wai and Emmanuel Kuan.

The women’s kata members are Celine Lee Xin Yi, Khaw Yee Voon and Thor Chee Yee

G. Theeban will compete in the men’s kumite below 84kg category while Jamaliah Jamaluddin, who won the gold medal at the 2009 Laos Games, is down to compete in the women’s below 68kg category.

National kumite coach R. Puvaneswaran said that they are banking on the experienced Jamaliah, who won gold in Korat (2007) and Laos (2009) to deliver the gold in kumite.

“She had a disappointing outing in Jakarta after losing in the quarter-finals but she has been training really hard and is all fired up to win the gold,” said the former international.

Tags / Keywords: karate, SEA Games, Naypyitaw, Nyapidaw, Myanmar

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