Coach Shu Wai hopes Farah will keep competing


PETALING JAYA: National women’s artistic coach Ng Shu Wai wants Farah Ann Abdul Hadi to keep going and prepare for several major Games in 2022.

Shu Wai has big plans for her and hopes she will not quit the sport any time soon.

The 27-year-old Farah, whose campaign at the Olympic Games ended in Tokyo on Sunday, will make a decision on her future plan after returning home.

She did not make the top 24 individual all-around after finishing at the 68th spot in the qualification round at the Ariake Gymnastics Centre on Sunday.

Shu Wai, a former Olympian who took part in Athens in 2004, wants her to get ready for the 2021 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

“I was proud to see Farah compete against the best of the best in Tokyo. If not for the shaky landing in the uneven bar, she could have made it to the final 24. She could have got more than 13 points instead of 11.600,” said Shu Wai.

“But, even after that setback, she went all out in the other apparatus and ended the vault by getting 13.166. She showed character and courage.

“We have arranged training programmes for her to prepare for the Commonwealth Games next year, but first she deserves a break and be with her loved ones after the 14-day quarantine in Kuala Lumpur.

“She still has a lot left in her and can only get better. But at the end of the day, she will have to decide her next move.”

Shu Wai said age should not be a barrier for Farah.

“There is no age limit in gymnastics. Oksana (Chusovitana) competed at the age of 46. Japan’s Kohei (Uchimura) is still going strong at 32. (Leong) Mun Yee is still diving at the age of 36 and track cyclist Azizulhasni (Awang) is still at the top at 33. If Datuk Lee (Chong Wei) didn’t have cancer, I am sure he would have competed in Tokyo.”

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