KUCHING (Bernama): The Sarawak State Taekwondo Association (PTNS), which is preparing for the upcoming Sukma in Perlis, bagged five golds, three silvers and one bronze at the Thailand TKS Taekwondo Championship in Bangkok.
State technical chairman Tan Check Joon, who led the team, said they very focused and showed confidence during the two-day competition with Dayang Farhanah Abang Sazali, Marena Tee Zulariffin, Virtlam Umpau, Chai Chun Hui and Mohd Amirul contributing the gold medals.
Audrey Nu Alexander Mula, Cynthia Li and Tie Ton Siong bagged the silvers while Enzo Scifo contributed the only bronze medal.
Check Joon said the team’s performance had improved following their intensive training in Thailand for the past six months.
“Our team is moving up and I am confident they will maintain their performance at Sukma,” said Check Joon.
For the Games starting from May 24-June 4, the Sarawak contingent are on a mission to improve their medal haul and finish in the top three.
The three-time overall champions aim to win at least 55 gold medals. They emerged fourth at the 2012 Sukma behind Terengganu, Selangor and Pahang with a haul of 42 gold, 32 silver and 38 bronze medals.
State Minister for Social Development Tan Sri William Mawan is confident Sarawak will do better this year.
Mawan said it is important for officials and athletes to focus on winning medals and not put self-interest first.
Sarawak will take part in 22 sports and are confident of winning medals from 12 sports, namely aquatics (swimming and diving), cycling, weightlifting, lawn bowls, archery, athletics, silat, tenpin bowling, tennis, taekwondo, wushu and petanque.
With 362 athletes and 83 officials, Sarawak will have one of the biggest contingents at Sukma.