PETALING JAYA: Asian Games silver medallist Mohd Ezuan Nasir Khan has been busy with a twofold task as he aims to keep his shooting career afloat.
The top rifle shooter has taken up a duty as a coach with the Navy to form a solid back-up team. At the same time, he has turned to Youtube as his coach to win a spot in the squad for this year’s SEA Games in Hanoi.
The skinny Ezuan, who has been based in Lumut since his contract with the national team was not extended last March, has not been wasting his time although there had not been any tournaments due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“I’ve taken up a new role as the coach for the Navy’s back-up squad in Lumut since November. As some of the senior shooters have retired, I’ve been given the task to groom the future shooters, ” said Ezuan, who works as a provost-marshal with the Navy.
“Currently, I have 20 trainees at the base here. I’ve divided them into two groups, one focusing on the 10m air rifle and the other 50m rifle.”
While excited with his new role to empower the future generation, Ezuan has not given up his hope to represent the country at the next SEA Games.
He has been competing in every SEA Games since the 2011 edition in Indonesia but his most memorable is winning the 50m rifle prone gold at the Kuala Lumpur Games, spurred on by the home fan support.
“I’ve been without a coach since I left the national team but I’ve continued training at the range here in the base. Now, Youtube has become my coach, ” said Ezuan, who has represented Malaysia for 14 years.
“Whenever possible, I will watch clips in Youtube to discover and develop new techniques to become better. I watch other shooters too when they compete in tournaments like the World Cup.
“There’s plenty of information out there but I pick up techniques and ideas that are suitable for me.
“Not everything works, so we have to know what and what does not work. I’ve picked up many ideas from Youtube.
“I’ve been shooting reasonable scores although there is no one to push me in training.”
Ezuan is hoping to fight his way back into the good books of the national selectors.
“The Hanoi SEA Games is my motivation now. I aim to win a spot by beating the qualifying mark. For now, I’m waiting for tournaments to resume so that I can show what I’ve learnt in training so far, ” said Ezuan, who celebrated his 32nd birthday yesterday.