PETALING JAYA: There’s a first time for everything in life and national artistic gymnast Tracie Ang is going through one such episode.
Usually, the chirpy 27-year-old would return to Melaka to celebrate Chinese New Year with her loved ones but this time, she will be ushering the new year with her teammates – Tan Ing Yueh, Rachel Yeoh, Nur Azira Aziri and Farah Ann Abdul Hadi.
All of them are currently undergoing the quarantine-based training programme at the National Sports Council (NSC) in Bukit Jalil and are not allowed to have any outside contact due to the recent rise in Covid-19 cases.
Tracie said it would be a one-of-a-kind experience.
“I’m adapting to this new norm. I’ve been at the NSC since January. Of course, I would love to be with my family during CNY but under the circumstances, I have to abide by the ruling, ” said Tracie.
“I probably have a food fest with all those who are quarantined in the camp and have some fun with them. This is new to many of us too but I guess there is a first time for everything.”
Tracie however, said there were fear and anxiety when she first reported for training on Jan 4.
They found out that seven athletes and one official were tested positive after swab tests done during the registration day. Four days later, five more officials were tested positive.
“I’ve met some of them during the registration process and I was worried. Fortunately, my tests came back negative and I’m more relaxed here now, ” she said.
The seasoned campaigner is still harbouring hopes of qualifying for the Olympics.
“The pandemic has turned everything upside down but it will not dampen my spirit to qualify for the Olympics, ” added Tracie, who hoped everyone would stay healthy and be mentally strong to battle against the virus.