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Mishaps won’t deter Zulfadhli in Asia Cup

PETALING JAYA: Compound archer Zulfadhli Ruslan (pic) is hoping to turn around recent misfortunes into glory when he competes in today’s Asia Cup Stage 2 in Thailand.

The 25-year-old arrived in Bangkok on Sunday without his bow case. The equipment was still at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). Fortunately, the world No. 56 received his bow case just in time for yesterday’s official practice.

But the incident did not dent Zulfadlhi’s resolve as he’s eyeing a fine start to the season.

Zulfadhli had a successful Asia Cup campaign in Taiwan last year, clinching the individual title and team silver with Juwaidi Mazuki and Lee Kin Lip.

“I was tested by one setback after another. The missing bow case was not the only problem I faced so far,” said Zulfadhli.

“I also didn’t have the best preparations for this week’s meet. I missed about three weeks of training due to equipment problem, My bow was spoilt and had to be sent for repair.

“But I guess everything happens for a reason. I’m still in high spirits and I’m looking for a great outing as it’s our first assignment of the year. We are all itching for action.

“We were supposed to take part in the Asia Cup Stage 1 in New Delhi early last month, but it was cancelled (due to internal problems between the Archery Association of India and their sports ministry).”

Besides the 2015 Singapore SEA Games winning trio of Zulfadhli, Juwaidi and Kin Lip, Malaysia also have rookie M. Khambeswaran in the men’s squad.

SEA Games triple gold medallist Fatin Nurfatehah Mat Salleh will spearhead the women’s team, The others are Saritha Cham Nong, Nor Rizah Ishak and Nurul Syazhera Mohd Asmi.

Fatin and Co were the team gold medallists in Taiwan last year.

In the men’s recurve, Malaysia will be represented by Khairul Anuar Mohd, Haziq Kamaruddin, Muhd Akmal Nor Hasrin and Muhd Ikram Joni.

Nur Afisa Abdul Halil, Nur Aliya Ghapar, Loke Shin Hui and newcomer Ang Min Shan will be competing in the women’s recurve events.