NATIONAL women’s artistic gymnastics coach Ng Shu Wai has given the thumbs up to the facilities at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.
There were worries that the organisers would not be able to conform to the standards set by the Federation Internationale de Gymnastics (FIG) at the venue but after yesterday’s podium training, there seemed to be no problems with the facilities arranged by the organisers.
Shu Wai said the girls – Tan Ing Yueh, Farah Ann Abdul Hadi, Tracie Ang and Rachel Yeoh Li Wen – had a good session during the training in Manila.“The Taishan brand apparatus are world recognised and used in many competitions. In Malaysia, we use their products too, ” he said.
“We had no issues with the facilities. Now, it’s time for our girls to do their best. The organisers have done their best. The Philippines have been good so far. Hotel is good, we have halal food, and the competition arena is just three minutes away from our accommodation. What more can we ask for?”
However, outside of the coliseum, renovation works are still ongoing, and some of the press members were stopped by security officials from taking photos of the works.
But inside the arena, everything is ready for the sport, which starts on Dec 2.
Malaysia are expected to win at least two gold medals from five events – individual all-around, balance beam, vault, floor exercise and parallel bar.
Podium training is the best time to assess the competition in the Games and Shu Wai said: “Our team look strong, and we have the best chance in the all-around. I really hope Ing Yueh and Farah will be in their element on the first day.”
At the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games, Malaysia won three gold medals – one from the team consisting of Farah, Ing Yueh, Tracie, Nur Azira Aziri, Nur Eli Ellina Azmi and Lavinia Raymund-Jayadev.
The other two came from the individual events – floor (Farah) and vault (Ing Yueh).
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