PETALING JAYA: National gymnast Tan Fu Jie (pic) had great plans for 2020 but so far, it has been awfully disappointing.
In the only tournament he had competed this year at the World Cup in Melbourne last month, the 2019 SEA Games champion failed to qualify for the Olympic Games although he did give a credible performance.
He needed to finish top three to qualify for the Tokyo Games from July 25-Aug 9 but he finished fifth in the pommel horse final with 13.400 points.
Determined not to give up, he was hoping to make amends in the World Cup in Baku, Azerbaijan (March 12-15), and World Cup in Doha, Qatar (March 18-21), but both tournaments have been called off due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
Fu Jie will not have any world-class competitive exposure for the time being and although frustrated, the national No. 1 is determined to make full use of the temporary non-competition season to fine-tune his performances.
“Year 2020 has not been the year that we had expected due to the virus outbreak, it is definitely not a good start to the year 2020 but I’ve to accept it, ” said Fu Jie.
“I have only taken part in one competition in 2020 and I’ve nothing much to say about my performance.
Fu Jie admitted that he misses the training sessions at the National Sports Council as all have come to a halt following the movement control order.
“I’m resting at home and missing all those tough training sessions. I try to keep myself busy by trying to do some physical activities at home.
“I definitely hope that this situation can end as soon as possible and a vaccine will be found. Until then, we will stay at home and do our part to improve the situation, ” he added.
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