Haziq Kamaruddin during training. His ultimate goal is to help Malaysia win their first ever medal at the Asian Games in Incheon in September.
KUALA LUMPUR: National archer Haziq Kamaruddin wants to forget the troubles of 2013 as he looks forward to a much improved 2014.
The Olympian who had a rough and forgettable 2013 where he failed to perform well in several tournaments, including the SEA Games and the World Cup, plans to turn things around this year.
During the SEA Games in Myanmar, Haziq did not fare well in the individual category. However, he managed to salvage some pride by winning the gold medal in the men’s recurve team together with team-mates Khairul Anuar Mohd and Atiq Bazli Bakri.
And he hopes to get his act right at the Asian Grand Prix from March 10-16 in Bangkok.
In addition, there are also several legs of the World Cup lined up for him. He has been named for the World Cup legs in China, Colombia and Turkey.
His ultimate goal is to help Malaysia win their first ever medal at the Asian Games in Incheon in September.
“My performances were just not up to par. I had to learn new techniques in archery last year and I struggled to master them. I am still learning to use the right muscles to have optimum results.
“This year, the Asian Games in Incheon is my priority. In the individual category, I hope to make it at least to the fourth round. As for the team event, we hope to make it to the bronze medal match,” said the 21-year-old.
To ensure that he is well-prepared for the upcoming tournaments, Haziq is currently working hard by setting aside half a day for training.
“What keeps me going is the drive to obtain a perfect score. Beating other archers of higher ranking is motivation for me to continue working hard,” said Haziq.
In the Asian GP next month, the focus will be more on Haziq and Atiq in the absence of Myanmar SEA Games double gold medallist Khairul.
According to national chief coach Lee Jae-hyung, Khairul will not take part in their first international tournament in Bangkok as he is still nursing a shoulder injury.
“He is still going through rehabilitation and I have decided that he should stay back. It is an imporant year for archery and I want Khairul to recover completely before getting back into action.”