Coach Yew Fai pleased with 2-1-2 medal haul


Sweet first: Tan Zhi Yan won the taijiquan gold in his SEA Games debut. — Bernama

THE wushu team have resumed training but the Asian Games in Hangzhou next year could turn out to be the only big assignment for the exponents.

There is a possibility that wushu will not be included when Cambodia hosts the SEA Games next year.

“Cambodia are not strong in wushu and I have been informed that our sport is not in the initial list for the SEA Games next year,” said national coach Lim Yew Fai.

“But I think the member countries will appeal to the hosts to consider to include it, so we will wait and see.”

Otherwise, Yew Fai is pleased with the 2-1-2 medal haul in Hanoi.

The two golds came from debutants Clement Ting (men’s changquan) and Tan Zhi Yan (men’s taijiquan). Calvin Lee won silver in men’s nandao while the bronze medals were delivered by Yeap Wai Kin (men’s daoshu-gunshu) and Sydney Chin (women’s taijiquan).

“Clement went all out in the changquan for the gold. It was our first for more than 10 years,” said Yew Fai.

“It’s difficult to master the changquan event as one has to be exceptionally good in its basic technique.

“It is also great to see Zhi Yan win gold in his first SEA Games.

“The taijiquan is also the same event that his coach (Loh Choon How) won at the 2019 edition (in the Philippines).

“Choon How was roped in as a coach following his retirement from the national team and Zhi Yan is a product of his coaching.

“I feel that we still have room to do better. We made a lot of mistakes as many of the exponents had not competed for a long time due to Covid-19,” he added.

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