Nothing for Jeremiah to shoulder as he dreams of reaching Tokyo


PETALING JAYA: A period to reflect, a period to dream.

For national gymnast Jeremiah Loy Phay Xiang, he is not perturbed that there will be no competitions this year due to the Covid-19.

Now fully fit after a shoulder injury, he will use the time to work on strengthening his shoulders as he sets out on his dream to compete in next year’s Olympics in Tokyo.

“I would say that training is going quite slow right now due to my shoulder. But according to the physiotherapist, it’s getting much better. I hope to resume normal training soon, ” said the 22-year-old.

“This new normal will definitely give me more time to prepare for the next qualification to the Olympics. Hopefully, that could be held in time with no postponement.”

Jeremiah, who picked up the injury in June last year and aggravated it during the Philippines’ SEA Games last December, is aware of the stiff competition within the squad.

“This year, we have new faces and in order to get selected I need to be better than I was before. I always tell myself that all of my hard work will pay off. I believe patience is the way forward.”

The other gymnasts in the senior team are Ng Chun Chen, Luqman Al-Hafiz, Teoh Chuen Feng, Mohd Sharul Aimy, Tan Fu Jie and Zul Bahrin Mat Asri.

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