PETALING JAYA: After watching Jeremiah Loo (pic) finish 62nd out of 66 gymnasts at the Tokyo Olympics, coach Ng Shu Liang has a clear idea of how to raise the quality of his charges in the national team.
He said Malaysian gymnasts need to work more on their execution and up the degree of difficulty in their routines.
“We learnt a lot from the Olympics. We saw how some gymnasts made small mistakes here and there, but could still make decent scores because of the degree of difficulty in their routines,” said Shu Liang.
“We must also improve our execution. In Tokyo, we also observed some of Taiwan’s gymnasts doing well with clean and tidy executions even though the degree of difficulty wasn’t that high.
“I will sit with the technical team and discuss ways to raise the quality of the squad. I want to polish up these boys for the Asian and Commonwealth Games next year and build them up for the Paris Olympics in 2024.”
Shu Liang said the International Gymnastics Federation code of points would be updated next year and he would update his gymnasts on that when they return to training on Aug 26.
“I reckon there will be no competitions this year, so we’ll discuss the new code of points when training resumes.”
On Jeremiah’s performance in Tokyo, he said the experience would stand him in good stead for future competitions.
“You’ve to note that Jeremiah had a shorter time to prepare because he was notified quite late that he would be going to Tokyo. He was also undergoing rehabilitation for his shoulder injury,” said Shu Wai.
“He gave his all in the competition. Now, we must close the gap with the Philippines and Vietnam gymnasts.”
Besides Jeremiah, the other gymnasts in the national squad are Tan Fu Jie, Zul Bahrin Mat Asri, Ng Chun Chen, Luqman Al-Hafiz, Mohd Sharul Aimy and Teoh Chuen Feng.