PETALING JAYA: Youngsters G. Selvam and Harry Lukas have been called up to the national team for the first time after emerging as winners in the national karate championships, which ended in Johor Baru on Sunday.
The two 20-year-olds are among 11 exponents selected for the KOI World Cup in Manila from Aug 8-16.
Perak's Selvam won the above 80kg kumite men's competition while Police's Harry emerged as the below 65kg kumite champion.
The others selected men's kumite exponents for the world meet in Manila are R. Puvaneswaran, Rayner Kin Siong and Vietnam SEA Games gold medallist S. Mahendran. The women's kumite exponents are Vasantha Maria and G. Yamini.
The challenge in the women's kata will be led by Busan Asian Games silver medallist Lim Lee Lee. She will partner Thoe Ai Poh and Jaclyn Ch'ng in the team event.
However, Malaysia will not be represented in men's team kata. Only Ku Jin Keat will compete in the individual kata.
All the 11 exponents chosen had won their weight categories in the two-day national championships.
National kumite coach P. Arivalagan said: Selvam and Harry were not full-time national trainees but they have became national champions. They have proven themselves and deserve the chance to compete in the World Cup.
For the World Cup campaign, he added that it was unfortunately that Malaysia would not be defending the women's kumite team title, which they won in the last championships in Germany two years ago.
We only have two women's exponents and are short of one. After the World Cup, I hope to identify one or two more to join national training, he said.