With no competitions, Suryani aims at new target


Nur Suryani Mohd Taibi (right) - Muhammad Ezuan Nasir Khan in action for 10m Air Rifle Mixed Team category at the Selangor Shooting Championship 2020 in National Shooting Range, Subang. FAIHAN GHANI/The Star.

PETALING JAYA: Patience is a virtue and Nur Suryani Taibi does not mind playing the waiting game.

With no international competitions for the year, the 38-year-old rifle shooter said she has no issues with it and sees it as a period to improve herself.

In her last competition, Suryani bagged gold in the 50m rifle three-position in the President Ally T. H. Ong Trophy in March. She also finished third in last year’s Asian Shooting Championship in the 50m air rifle prone.

With her former colleagues Mohd Luthfi Othman and Mohd Ezuan Nasir Khan quitting the national team, many wondered if she would follow suit.

However, the mother of two said her love for the sport would never fade.

“Alhamdulillah (Thank God), everything is going well. I still love shooting and I will keep on striving to do better.

“Every week, we have a track record to see our shooting form, ” said Suryani.

“I honestly do not feel like I’ve lost my competitiveness. I know there are no tournaments to keep myself in competitive shape, but this is the time to fix my weaknesses and experiment with new positions, techniques and tactics.

“I’ve been doing a lot of one-on-one training with my coach, so that helps too.”

The National Shooting Association of Malaysia (NSAM) plan to hold two domestic competitions from September to December but have yet to get the green light.

Suryani said she is hopeful of hearing something good in the near future.

“I do hope things would be normalised soon. I’ll just stay positive and prepare myself for competitive action when the time comes.”

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