The competition in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, from March 15-21 will be the final platform for Asian windsurfers to earn the slot for the Olympics.
Olympians Khairulnizam Mohd Afendy and Nur Shazrin Mohd Latif have already qualified for the laser standard and laser radial events respectively, while Nuraisyah Jamil and Juni Karimah Noor Jamali have made the cut in the women’s International 470 class last December.
National windsurfing coach Hadri Zainal Abidin said Cheow Lin has a good chance to grab the Asian slot to march into the Olympics.
“Cheow Lin will compete in two tournaments and go through her final phase of training in Dubai to win that one Asian slot available,” said Hadri. “We will be challenged by windsurfers from the Philippines, Singapore, and Indonesia but Singapore will be the biggest rival for the final Olympic slot. We need to stay ahead all of them.”
Meanwhile, laser class coach Mohd Afendy Abdullah said Olympic-bound Khairulnizam, Shazrin, Nuraisyah and Juni would be competing in several competitions abroad to prepare for the Olympics.
Khairulnizam and Nur Shazrin will be heading to Melbourne, Australia, next month to compete in the World Championships for men from Feb 9-16 and women from Feb 21-26 respectively.
“After the meet in Australia, all laser class sailors will gather in Europe for several competitions. They will also take part in the World Cup Series in Genoa, Italy, in April before returning home,” said Affendy.