PETALING JAYA: The time spent playing board games and watching Netflix with the family will be cherished but Malaysian gymnast Tan Ing Yueh surely sees 2020 as a tough year for everyone.
The petite lass from Melaka is eyeing for an Olympic spot in Tokyo, but due to the Covid-19 situation, which has seen many competitions around the world suspended or postponed, her dream of competing in the biggest Games looks like a distant possibility.
Her only chance to qualify is in the Asian Championships from May 2-5 in Japan, but even that meet is in jeopardy if the Covid-19 situation does not subside.
“It’s a challenging year for me, I’ve only have one chance left to qualify for the Olympics but I’m not sure whether the tournament will go on, ” said the 23-year-old.
“I hope the situation will be better and end as soon as possible so that the Olympics can remain. But if it does not get better, it’s best that is Games is postponed.
Two other tournaments planned in April for Ing Yueh have been called off. They are the Germany Team Challenge Cup and Ukraine International Cup.
The plucky gymnast failed to qualify for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo when she finished 91st in the individual all-around qualifying round in the World Championships in Stuttgart last year.
Ing Yueh is currently training at her family’s residence in Melaka and is stringently following the programme set by her coaches Ng Shu Wai and Nataliya Sinkova.
“With the situation now, I’m at home and my training is slightly affected, but it’s good to have a support group to check on our self-training at home.
“My coaches monitor me. They also send workout videos for me and my teammates to follow every day. Our gym instructor has also given us programme to do at home.
“If all goes well, I hope to qualify for the Olympics. I want our nation to be recognised through this sport globally We have the talent, coaching and infrastructure. It’s time we do justice to that.”
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