Looking forward to the Games

Malaysia’s leading women’s golfer Kelly Tan is looking forward to playing at the Olympic Games next week. – AFP

THE 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games have been officially opened and for us in the women’s golf, like everyone else one could say, we are looking forward to the start of competition on Aug 4. The men’s event begins on Thursday.

On a personal note, I am pleased to say that before flying to Tokyo I was able to enjoy some time off. This was much needed after the six-week stretch of golf that I put in.

I really needed a few days off from tournament golf, so that I could get some practice in and prepare myself ahead Tokyo, for which I will now be fresh and ready to go.

This time off has also allowed me to workout with my trainer and make sure that I’ll be physically prepared for Tokyo.

As you can imagine, I have started to feel the buzz ahead the Games and I am following things on social media with all my fellow Malaysian athletes, who have already arrived in Tokyo.

It is at a time like this that I wished I was a little closer to home, to be part of the ceremonies and all the motivational camps ahead of the competition.

But I also look forward to reuniting with the Malaysian team as this is the only chance we get to all be together to share our experiences with each other from the various sports disciplines and actually be there physically to support each other.

I know that this past year has been difficult in Malaysia with Covid-19 pandemic, and indeed, all over the world. Lots of businesses at home are struggling and people are frustrated going through tough times right now.

I hope, as an athlete and a Malaysian, that those of us representing the country at the Tokyo Olympics will help bring the nation together and with some joyous moments on the podium.

The golf event at the Olympics will be held on the East course of Kasumigaseki Country Club. This is a par-71 layout that measures 7,466 yards.

In the tournament itself, 60 players will feature in the men’s field, and the same number in the women’s competition.

The format is 72-hole individual stroke play for both men and women, and is scheduled to take place over four rounds on four consecutive days.

In the case of a tiebreaker, there will be a three-hole playoff, for first, second or third place after 72 holes.

Overall, it should be another exciting Olympic competition and I cannot wait to get started.

I’m sure the team will get a lot of cheering on from home – something all the athletes appreciate. Malaysia Boleh.

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