PETALING JAYA: It was not the start to the new year the Malaysian Wushu Federation (MWF) were looking for when one of their exponents tested positive for Covid-19 upon returning to camp.
And the news, coupled with the extension of the movement control order, has thrown MWF’s plans out the window.
They are, however, staying positive despite the uncertainty over when their exponents can return to train.
Their president Datuk Chong Kim Fatt said the athlete is currently recovering at home.
“She has been sent home and her latest test has come out negative. She is the only one out of 17 exponents who tested positive.
“The others are training as usual online. I also believe that despite wushu not having any events for a long time, the mood among our athletes is still good as we prepare for the Vietnam SEA Games this year.
“The SEA Games is, in fact, our only major tournament this year so we hope to have enough time to train. We are still hopeful that everything goes well and the athletes can stay focused given the current Covid-19 situation.”
Wushu has never failed to deliver the medals for Malaysia at the biennial Games.
In the Philippines in 2019, they returned with two golds, one silver and a bronze.
The Covid-19 situation has also forced the MWF to rethink their plans for the exponents.
“We usually go to China for training camps but with the current situation, it is in the balance.
“We are still talking with the National Sports Council on the possibility of going there in July or August.”
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