PETALING JAYA: Malaysia’s Olympic sailing and shooting teams had a contrasting Hari Raya Aidiladha in Tokyo.
The sailors and their coaches were able to dine on rendang and ketupat during their lunch break at the Enoshima Yacht Harbour yesterday.
But rifle shooter Nur Suryani Taibi and coach Yusri Jusoh had to forego the celebrations to focus on training at the Asaka Shooting Range.
The sailors – Khairulnizam Mohd Afendy (laser standard), Nur Shazrin Mohd Latif (laser radial), Juni Karimah Noor Jamali and Nurasiyah Jamil (470) – together with coaches Mohd Afendy Abdullah (laser standard), Sahir A. Rahim (470) and Hafizi Roslee (laser radial) certainly made it an occasion to remember.
Shazrin and Juni also posted photos and videos of the team enjoying the Malaysian delicacies on social media.
Afendy said the celebration was small but meaningful for the athletes.
“We just had a small do with the athletes having ketupat and rendang. All of us miss home but we have a duty to do for the country,” he said.
Affendy said the team had been training well and adjusting to the conditions and weather in Tokyo. They also had some practice races.
“They looked promising in the races. Plus, they needed some competition before competition starts on July 25. The weather is good at the moment, temperatures around 27° to 28° Celsius.
“I am happy with how everyone has trained. We have a few more days of preparation and I believe we can be at our best.”
Shooting coach Yusri said Suryani, who will be taking part in the 50m rifle three-position event, had been training for two days and is beginning to adapt to the conditions at the shooting range.
“We didn’t have any festivities. We just spoke to our loved ones yesterday. We then had breakfast at 7am and went to the range which is one hour’s drive from the Games Village.
“All the top shooters from around the world have arrived. Each shooter will have two hours to train. On day one, Suryani took the time to adjust to the weather and wind conditions.
“And on the second day she seems to have gotten control of the conditions and is doing well in her preparations,” said Yusri.
There’s also the worry about several Covid-19 cases reported in the Village.
“We heard about the cases. Earlier, there were not many people in the village, but now most of the athletes around the world have arrived. So there is a crowd and we need to follow the advice given by the organisers and also the Malaysian secretariat.”