Farah faces battle to reach her peak ahead of three major events


PETALING JAYA: National artistic gymnast Farah Ann Abdul Hadi is ready to dazzle for another year after delaying her plan to quit the sport.

Farah has finally returned to full-time training mode as she makes her move to stay on top of her game this year.

Farah had been at a crossroads after the Tokyo Olympic Games last year and after more than a decade serving the country in the physically punishing sport.

She will turn 28 on May 3 and with age not on her side, the Selangor-born athlete admitted that it would not be easy to reach her peak ahead of three major sporting events this year.

Farah is preparing for the Vietnam SEA Games in Hanoi in May, the Birmingham Common-wealth Games in July and the Asian Games in Hangzhou in September.

“I sure hope to be around for a little while more as there will be three major multi-Games that Malaysia will be involved in and they will take place close to each other,” said Farah.

“I am definitely not getting younger, so I will take each Games as it comes.

“I will focus on the SEA Games first and take it from there.

“It’s quite difficult to reach my peak but the National Sports Council (NSC), National Sports Institute (ISN) and coaches have made arrangements to ensure that I will be fit and healthy for these events,” said Farah, who achieved her childhood dream of competing in the Olympics in Tokyo last year.

Farah clinched three SEA Games gold medals in Philippines in 2019 to make it a career collection of seven altogether.

“I am now back to training full time after my recovery period because of the strenuous training leading to the Tokyo Olympics,” said Farah.

“My only wish now is to stay free of any major injury. I do hope to go for a competition before the SEA Games as that will be good to gauge my performance.

“The Covid-19 has made the situation challenging and some things are beyond our control. While waiting for an opportunity to compete, I will focus on the control tests scheduled for every month.”

Besides Farah, the others in the Malaysian women’s artistic team are Tan Ing Yueh, Geanie Ng, Zarith Imaan Khalid and Rachel Yeoh.

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