Wushu loses key coach, hopes to get more

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  • Tuesday, 14 Jan 2020

PETALING JAYA: With the Asian Games in Hangzhou, China, and the summer Youth Olympics in Dakar, Senegal, being held in 2022, the Wushu Federation of Malaysia are hoping to recruit more coaches into the national set-up.

The squad just lost a bg name in Chinese coach Mao Yaqi, who played a big role in helping woman nanquan exponent Tan Cheong Min to take gold at the World Wushu Championships in Shanghai last year. Yaqi left for home yesterday.

Yaqi is no stranger to Malaysia as she previously trained the squad in 2011 and guided Tai Cheau Xuen and Diana Bong to become world champions in nanquan.

Local Lim Yew Fai is now the only coach handling the national squad.

“Yaqi was on a six-month contract to help prepare the national team for the world championships and the SEA Games (only men’s nanquan was contested).

“Under her, we managed to produce a world champion but NSC could not extend her contract due to lack of funding last year.

“We hope things will be better this year as we only have one coach and it is not enough as wushu has three different disciplines – changquan, nanquan and taiji.The federation is now hoping to get approval from the National Sports Council (NSC) to bring in coaches.

“We need different coaches for the different disciplines. We are waiting for the next working committee meeting with NSC and try to see whether they will accept our proposal to bring in additional coaches.

“We have to prepare not only for the Asian Games but also there is an urgent need to get a coach to focus on the juniors as wushu will be contested for the first time at the Youth Olympics in Dakar, Senegal in 2022, ” he said.

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