PETALING JAYA: National elite gymnast Mohd Hamzaruddin Nordin could not hide his disappointment at being excluded from the Asian Games.
The 21-year-old Sabahan said he was crushed to learn from the Malaysian Gymnastics Federation (MGF) that the men’s participation in South Korea had been scrapped.
He will now turn his focus to the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships from Oct 3-12 in Nanning, China.
“It’s very disappointing. Sometimes, it can’t just all be about medals. We need to gain some experience too,” said Hamzaruddin.
“Everyone expects us to keep improving. But we aren’t given the chance to compete internationally to get more exposure competing against the world’s best. At least we can get a leg up on next year’s SEA Games,” he lamented.
The decision was made based on the poor performance at the recent Glasgow Commonwealth Games when Hamzaruddin and Hairi Zaid Ahmad Saruji failed to qualify for the apparatus final.
Their best performance saw them placed 17th and 18th respectively in the vault during the qualification rounds.
“The performance in the Glasgow was not great, but that was my first competition of the year,” said Hamzaruddin, who made his debut at the Games.
The sports management undergraduate from Universiti Malaya also rued the lack of competition.
The two competitions scheduled for this year – Pacific Rim Championships in British Columbia, Canada and the Artistic Celtic Cup-Commonwealth Invitational in Perth, Scotland both in April – were scrapped.
“My last overseas assignment was the 2011 SEA Games in Palembang,” added Hamzaruddin.
“Without these competitions, we won’t improve ... we’d just stagnate.”