Shooter Suryani’s at work while hubby cares for home


  • Shooting
  • Monday, 23 Mar 2020

PETALING JAYA: Mother-of-two Nur Suryani Taibi is still carrying out her duties as a Navy officer during the Covid-19 situation, but with ever-helpful husband Marhazli Mhotar around, she does not need to worry much about her household.

The national shooter, who still has to report to the Armed Forces Sports Council at the Defence Ministry in Jalan Padang Tembak, Kuala Lumpur during the movement control order (MCO), said that due to the Covid-19 situation, she only keeps herself at home and office.

With two daughters – Dayana Widyan Marhazli, eight and Adrianna Widyan Marhazli, four – at home, she wants to ensure that her surroundings are clean.

“Since March 18, I have not gone out of the house. It is only work and home. Even the essential things that we need, my husband gets it, ” she said.

“I only went out once, and that too to the clinic. I have taken five days off, but once that is over, I will head back to the office since our service is listed as essential services under the MCO.

“During the break, I have been cooking a lot and killing time by watching movies with my daughter. I can actually say that cooking is one of my favourite hobbies now.”

However, that does not mean she is shirking her sports as she keeps herself fit by doing lots of indoor workout with her family.

“I do lots of skipping and bodyweight training at home. It is needed to ensure that I can get to peak form when competitions are back.”

In her last competition, Suryani bagged gold in the 50m rifle three positions event in the President Ally T. H. Ong Trophy but knows she is capable of doing more with consistent training.

“I admit I do need consistent training. At the moment, I still work in the office and will only get down to training a few days before any competition.”

With Malaysia not qualifying on merit for the Olympics, the National Shooting Association of Malaysia (NSAM) is hopeful of gaining a wildcard spot.

However, due to the escalating Covid-19 situation around the world, the biggest Games in the world is in jeopardy.

“Right now, everything is in limbo. Athletes are certainly worried about the situation. So, it is up to the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the International Olympic Council (IOC) to decide on the status of the Olympics, ” said Suryani.

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