Quitting is the ‘toughest decision’ for rhythmic gymnast Rayna

PETALING JAYA: After years of pain and injuries, rhythmic gymnast Rayna Hoh Khai Ling (pic) has decided to quit the national team.

The 18-year-old said on her Instagram page that she decided to end her six-year stint with the team for the sake of her wellbeing.

“I’ve dedicated more than half of my life towards this beautiful sport, so it was the toughest decision to mark a full stop to my career as a gymnast,” she said.

“I’ve never thought that this day would come this soon. Rhythmic gymnastics has definitely shaped me into who I am today.

“There are still so many unfulfilled dreams but unfortunately, I won’t be able to make it happen. I enjoyed every bittersweet moment while it lasted. I’ve experienced almost every single crazy thing you could imagine as a gymnast!

“It’s gonna be so much different now, when you wake up in the morning, and you don’t have to go to the gym for training.”

The gymnastics team’s technical director Petrina Low said Rayna had to deal with back and knee issues and was advised by doctors to take injections and medications.

“She discussed with the coaches and I. She felt that if she relied on injections and medications constantly, it would not help her,” said Petrina.

“It’s sad when a gymnast leaves but she has made the decision. We wish her the best of luck.”

Rayna gained prominence in the 2018 Malaysia Games (Sukma) in Perak when she won all five gold medals in rhythmic gymnastics.

Currently, the gymnasts in the senior team are Koi Sie Yan, Izzah Amzan, Ng Joe Ee and Lai Yun Jo. Petrina said two from the junior team – Bernice See Qin Nin and Mavia Wong Weng Qin – will join the senior squad next year.

The senior and junior teams will head to Azerbaijan for a training camp from Nov 17 to Dec 10.

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