Ing Yueh certain to pursue goals despite uncertain times


Calm before the storm: A well-rested Ing Yueh is looking ahead for the major events in 2021.

PETALING JAYA: The uncertainty surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic is not going to stop gymnast Tan Ing Yueh from pursuing a double mission.

The plucky Melaka lass said she is bracing for a busy year ahead as she aims to bring home a gold medal from the SEA Games in Hanoi, Vietnam, and hopefully make her maiden Olympics appearance.

The pain of losing the vault gold in the Philippines SEA Games last year is still vivid in her memory and she is adamant about cementing her reputation as the best in the region.

In the final, Indonesia’s Rifda Irfanaluthfi won the event but Ing Yueh felt that she was robbed of the gold.

“I still remember that final, the Indonesian failed to land properly in the first vault and stepped out of the mat in the second. We protested to the judges but was overruled.

“And that’s why I badly want the gold in Vietnam and I’ll be aiming for some medals in other events too, ” she said.

“Right now, I’m upgrading my skills for all the events. Thanks to Covid-19, we have more time to hone our skills.

“Although there’re no competitions, I’m still motivated and focused on my double mission and I want to achieve them. The Tokyo Olympics will cap off a great year if I make it.”

Meanwhile, Ing Yueh is keeping her fingers crossed that the internal competition next month will be held despite the surge in Covid-19 cases in the Klang Valley.

“We’re awaiting the green light from the relevant authorities. Even if it is not held, we will just go on with our training to improve ourselves.”

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