PUTRAJAYA: Despite the prospect of facing strong opponents from Iran and Japan, R. Puvaneswaran is confident that the national elite team will give their best at the 11th Asian Karate Championship from July 14-17 in Uzbekistan.
The acting national chief coach said he hopes for a gold medal from one of the 10 Malaysian exponents at the meet.
“They proved their capability at the Indonesia SEA Games and I’m sure they will do us proud,” he said at the National Senior Karate Championship at the Community Centre here.
Puvaneswaran said all the athletes would compete in the Indonesian Open on June 22-23 before leaving for Uzbekistan two weeks later.
R. Loganesha Rao (pic), L. Kunaselan, Shaharudin Jamaludin and K. Teagarajan will be contesting in the men’s kumite category with G. Yaamini, Jamalliah Jamaludin, A. Nisha and Shakila Sani Jefry Krisnan in the women’s category.
In the previous edition in Quanzhou, China, the national squad brought back a gold and two bronze medals.
Mohd Hatta won the gold while Loganesha and Yaminii took the bronze. Following his gold medal win in the SEA Games last year, Teagarajan aims to qualify for the final round of the Asian meet.
Teagarajan, who will compete in the men’s individual Kumite under 75kg, is confident but acknowledges the tough challenge posed by contenders from Iran, Japan and Kazakhstan
“At Guangzhou, I lost in the early stage.
“My achievement at the SEA Games has given me more confidence.
“I have been preparing very hard for the meet,” he said. — Bernama