Khairul Anuar Mohd (centre) is on course to compete in the Archery World Cup in Shanghai from April 22-24 after recovering from a shoulder injury. - Filepic
KUALA LUMPUR: Khairul Anuar Mohd is on course to compete in the Archery World Cup in Shanghai from April 22-24.
The Kemaman-born archer has fully recovered from a right shoulder injury which forced him to miss the inaugural Asian Grand Prix in Bangkok last month.
Khairul suffered the injury before the 2012 London Olympics, but was forced to carry on competing in the World Championships, World Cup as well as the Myanmar SEA Games last year.
“The injury started to worsen after the SEA Games. It was then that I decided to take a complete two-month break from shooting arrows. I jogged and hit the gym to keep myself fit and went for acupuncture treatment. When even that could not help, I decided to go for extensive physiotherapy with the National Sports Institute (NSI),” said Khairul.
“Now, I don’t feel any pain when I shoot arrows. I managed to shoot around 270 arrows during training two days ago. I felt a little tired as I haven’t been regularly doing it but I am working hard to make sure that my shoulders are well conditioned before a tournament,” said Khairul.
Khairul now aims to win a medal in the team event at the World Cup.
Besides Shanghai, the other legs are in Medelin, Colombia (May 13-18) and Antalya, Turkey (June 10-15).
“We need to train hard to continuously improve our performance. We must also work on further enhancing our mental strength. We seem to be able to start off strongly, but at times we find it hard to maintain our mental strength towards the later stages,” said the Olympian.
Another major tournament for Khairul this year is the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, from Sept 19-Oct 4.