Tumble and rumble at Langkawi sea for sailing duo


Time to work hard: Nur Shazrin Abdul Latif (left) and Khairulnizam Mohd Afendy are just happy to feel the sea breeze on their faces after the movement control order which started in mid-March.

PETALING JAYA: Sailor Nur Shazrin Abdul Latif was so excited about the sun and the breeze that she fell into the sea twice last week. But the Tokyo-bound sailor came out smiling.

She’s not worried that she had lost her touch.

After three months at home and on the dry docks, she said it felt odd to be back on the boat last week.

“I am still re-learning how to control the boat better, ” said Nur Shazrin, who will be making her first Olympic appearance in Tokyo.

Nur Shazrin and fellow Olympic-bound sailor Khairulnizam Mohd Afendy are just happy to feel the sea breeze on their faces.

The two, who made the Olympic cut after bagging silver at the Jakarta Asian Games two years ago, are now back training on water at the National Sailing Centre in Langkawi. The sailors were allowed to resume training under the Road to Tokyo programme, although with strict quarantine-like regulations.

For laser radial sailor Nur Shazrin, it’s back to basic training now after so long on dry land. She will ramp up her training later. Khairulnizam, who will be making his third Olympics appearance in laser standard in Tokyo, said they have been out at since Wednesday.

“I was limited to indoor fitness training since the movement control order (MCO) started in mid-March.

“It has been a long time, the longest since I started out as a kid. Getting back into form will take some time but I am just taking things one step at a time.

“My fitness level is good but it will be about two to three weeks before I can get my rhythm going again, probably three months before I am sharp enough to be able to compete again.

“But time is all I have now. I am just enjoying being back on the sailing boat.

“The weather has also been kind to us so far, ” said the 27-year-old, who is hoping to compete in the laser senior European Championships in Greece in October if the government allows overseas travel by then.

Apart from Khairulnizam and Nur Shazrin, Juni Karimah Noor Jamali and Nuraisyah Jamil are also in the training camp. Juni and Nuraisyah compete together in the 470 class.

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