Gymnast Fu Jie hopes for normalcy as he misses competition

Long break: Tan Fu Jie has recovered from a hip operation and is raring to get back into action.

PETALING JAYA: National gymnast Tan Fu Jie is praying hard for life to return to normal and there will be competitions aplenty in 2021.

The 24-year-old gymnast, the only one in the national team to compete in an international competition last year, has recovered from a hip operation and is raring to get back to competing again.

The 2019 SEA Games champion in the pommel horse participated in the World Cup in Melbourne last year in March but finished fifth with 13.400 points. Only the top three qualify for this year’s Tokyo Olympics from July 25 to Aug 9.

He had hoped to make amends in the World Cup in Baku, Azerbaijan (March 12-15,2020) and the World Cup in Doha, Qatar (March 18-21,2020) but both events were called off because of the Covid-19 outbreak.

And since then Fu Jie has only focused on recovery and training to prepare for this year’s competitions.

“The year 2020 has definitely been a hard one for us gymnasts in terms of the lack of competitions. But it was a good chance for us to recover from our injuries and also improve on our routines, ” said Fu Jie.

“I only managed to compete in the World Cup and not the internal testing events as well as the MSN Carnival because I was recovering from my hip operation.

“In this new year, I hope that everything can go back to normal as soon as possible and we can go for more competitions which is important for us to gain some confidence for major competitions, especially with the SEA Games in Hanoi.”

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