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Published: Saturday January 4, 2014 MYT 7:44:00 PM
Updated: Saturday January 4, 2014 MYT 7:57:10 PM

No rest for the weary and injured Khairul

PETALING JAYA: National archer Khairul Anuar Mohd is troubled by a right shoulder injury but he doesn’t have the luxury of taking time out to let it heal.

The 22-year-old has been having the injury before the 2012 London Olympics. But he went on competing, taking part in the World Championships, World Cup as well as the Myanmar SEA Games last year. At the Games, he won two golds in the individual and team recurve.

Now, the injury has acted up again.

“I can’t go 100% when I pull the bow. When I first had the injury, I was able to cope. I could pull it at full strength. But I can’t now. I’ve lost that strength,” said Khairul.

“Normally, I stay away from competition for two to three months to let the shoulder heal properly. But I don’t think I can do it this time as my schedule is quite hectic this season,” he added.

The Kemaman-born archer will begin his season with the National Championships Circuit 1 next month (Feb 22-26), Then, he will compete in the inaugural Asian Grand Pix in Bangkok (March 10-15) followed by three legs of the World Cup in Shanghai (April 22-24), Medelin, Colombia (May 13-18) and Antalya, Turkey (June 10-15 ). On top of that, he is also bidding to qualify for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow from July 21-Aug 4 and Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, from Sept 28-Oct 5.

“I’ve been consulting with coach Lee (Jae-hyung) on my injury. I don’t have a lot of time to spare. One of the best move is to go for alternative treatment, possibly acupuncture or extensive physio (therapy) work,” said Khairul.

“My goal this year is to keep improving and putting in more consistent performances. I want to improve my score and, hopefully, move up the world rankings. It’s a hectic season and there will be plenty of opportunities for me to do that. I’m really hoping that whichever method we choose will work and get me back to my best,” added the world No. 9.

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