PETALING JAYA: The national rhythmic gymnastics team will be bolstered by two juniors when they get back into full training for the new season.
In the wake of Amy Kwan Dict Weng’s retirement and Iman Alisha Fakhri Yassin’s decision to quit the sport six days ago, juniors Ng Joe Ee and Lai Yun Jo have been recruited to join the team from next year onwards.
They will join seniors Koi Sie Yan, Izzah Amzan, Tammy Ng Jia Wen and Rayna Hoh Khai Lin.
The gymnastic team’s technical director Petrina Low confirmed the duo’s inclusion and said she believes that they have the potential to do well for the country in the future.
“They are strong gymnasts but we have to see their performances as seniors. They are a good bet, ” said Petrina.
“We have depth, and we will look to assimilate them with the seniors. For now, there are no competitions as we are dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Due to the conditional movement control order, we have opted for online training for about three hours per day. Will see how it goes after this.
“For the first time in history, there are no domestic or international competitions. It is not good for the gymnasts but we hope things will be better soon and we can return to full training.”
In last year’s Philippines SEA Games competition, Malaysia won four gold medals through Izzah (ball); joint-winner Izzah and Sie Yan (ribbon); Chan Mei Thung, Eu Jia Xin, Koh Jei Yi, Lee Xin Yao, Lim Chyi Ean and Shak Yuki (group exercise team).
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