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Published: Thursday December 12, 2013 MYT 9:56:00 PM
Updated: Thursday December 12, 2013 MYT 9:57:19 PM

Weightlifter Faiz learns from Thais

Mohd Faiz Musa training under the watchful eye of his coach Stefan Hristov Stefanov at the Thein Phyu Stadium.

Mohd Faiz Musa training under the watchful eye of his coach Stefan Hristov Stefanov at the Thein Phyu Stadium.

YANGON: Malaysian weightlifter Mohd Faiz Musa is a firm believer of the saying “if you can’t beat them, join them”.

The 24-year-old from Perlis spent a month in Chonburi, Thailand, to prepare for the SEA Games weightlifting competition in Myanmar.

His reason – to learn the secrets to Thailand’s ability to produce winners not just at the regional or continental levels, but also Olympic and world champions in the sport.

Faiz’s painful experience of losing the gold medal to a Thai lifter during his SEA Games debut in Laos in 2009 still rankles.

The Malaysian missed the last Games in Indonesia due to a lower back injury.

“The secret to Thailand’s success is plain and simple – hard work. I learnt during my short stay there that there is no substitute to hard work if one wants to succeed in this sport.

“I was taken aback at the Thais’ workload and training methods. They do not cut corners and practically punish themselves by pushing their bodies beyond the limit. I have started incorporating the Thai method to my preparations and, hopefully, it will bring Malaysia success in Yangon,” said Faiz after a training session at the Thein Phyu Stadium here on Thursday.

Faiz will enter the fray on Monday, the final day of the weightlifting programme.

The Malaysian contingent are pinning their hopes on Faiz to meet the weightlifting squad’s one-gold target but team manager Abdullah Awang prefers to be cautious.

“Winning a weightlifting gold medal in the SEA Games is tougher than winning one at the Commonwealth Games because of the presence of Thailand.

“We will not place undue pressure on our lifters, including Faiz, to deliver the gold. We have a young squad here and the emphasis is more on development and exposure.

“A gold will definitely be a bonus, but a medal of any colour will be welcomed,” said Abdullah.

Two Malaysians – Aznil Bidin (men’s 56kg) and Constantine Clement (men’s 62kg) – are in action on the opening day of the SEA Games weightlifting competition at the Thein Phyu Stadium on Friday.

Tags / Keywords: weightlifting, Myanmar, Malaysia, Yangon, SEA Games, Mohd Faiz Musa

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