PETALING JAYA: New leotard. New motivation.
Expect national woman artistic gymnast Farah Ann Abdul Hadi, who will be dressed in her new attire with the Malaysian Tiger logo emblazoned on it, to get off to a roaring start when she gets into action in the individual all-around qualification today.
“Yes, I designed this leotard with the motif of the Malaysian Tigers, which is also our team colours,” said Farah.
Dressed for success, Farah admitted that she had mixed feelings on the eve of her event.
“There is nervousness but I’m excited as well to compete in my first Games. I’ve waited for this moment for a long time now, and it is happening,” she said.
After performing poorly in the balance beam at the 2019 SEA Games in the Philippines, Farah has brought a new element into the event and aims to ace it in Tokyo.
“I’ve changed my balance beam routine a little. During the quarantine-based training at the National Sports Council (NSC) gymnasium, I tried out new skills, which were planned and devised by my coaches (Ng Shu Wai and Natalia Sinkova) and I.
“I did it for almost 15 days, and it worked. I was able to perform it consistently, and I hope to pull off a clean routine in Tokyo.
“As for the other events, especially floor exercise, I will stick to what I have done since the 2019 World Championships. I do not want to complicate the routine. I just want to get the executions right.
“The judging is tough, but as long as you believe in your routine and do them without any errors, then you’ll be fine.”