No break despite fracture

Tough luck: S. Prem Kumar fractured the same ankle during the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia.

PETALING JAYA: A fractured ankle is not going to stop a determined national karate exponent S. Prem Kumar from his pursuit for a ticket to next year’s Tokyo Olympics.

Prem injured his ankle during training at the National Sports Complex in Bukit Jalil last week and initial X-ray and CT scan revealed a fracture but only a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan will show the full extent of the injury.

Regardless of the outcome of the scan, the 26-year-old Sentul-born intends to train on in Bukit Jalil instead of going home to recuperate.

“I fractured the same ankle during the Indonesia Asian Games two years ago. I think it is the same injury this time.

“My doctor said that an MRI scan will give a clearer picture on the injury, ” said the 2018 Asiad bronze medallist, who will go for the scan at the Serdang Hospital today.

“I have been training despite the injury, I can still train... although I can’t do any sparring, I can cycle to keep fit, ” he said.

“Going home will be harder for me to focus on my recovery. Staying at the camp is the best as there will be someone to monitor my condition.

“There are better rehab equipments at the National Sports Institute (NSI).”

Prem has been based in Bukit Jalil since July as part of the Road To Tokyo centralised training camp.

He must reach 61kg to compete at the World Olympic Qualification Tournament next year.

Prem weighs 58kg now and must increase his weight as he will be competing in the below 67kg category in the qualifier.

His earlier category of below 55kg is not offered at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.

“My training has been going good despite the injury setback. We’ve been making progress despite not competing due to the Covid-19 situation, ” he said.

“I am determined to push myself in training to earn a ticket to the Olympics and I do not want any distractions to hamper my preparation.”

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