Women gymnasts get green light
Published on: Friday, January 17, 2020
By: GL Oh
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KOTA KINABALU: State women artistic gymnasts finally received the green light from Sabah Sports Council (MSN) to participate in the Johor Sukma Games 2020 to be held in July this year.

They will join their male counterparts to represent the State in the biennial games after missing the previous edition that was held in Perak.

Sabah was then represented by only the boys where they won two silvers and two bronzes while some of the girls participated by representing other states.

State women’s coach Liew Tong Ee (pic) who had made the pledge to MSN last September to include the girls in the contingent was delighted with the approval.

He had argued that the girls should be ready to do well in the biennial games after a four-year lapse.

“We are extremely happy with the decision by MSN to send both the boys and girls teams. Thank you to Youth and Sports Ministry, MSN, Sabah Gymnastic Association and the parents for their support,” he said on Thursday.

Liew who is assisted by Zamri Din and also helps out men’s coaches Azri Omar and Loy Billy on the overall planning said they now have a full team with six boys and six girls.

The boys in the team are Brandon Denoley Luise, Ammar Zafi Firdaus Abd Izzat Daniel Rauf, Charlie Richie Chong, Jacob Hezron and  Liew Jun Xiang, while the girls are Felicity Grace Sew Pei En, Nur Farisha Atiqah Shuaili, Ammanda Wong Yeah Chean, Jill Avie Horatio, Cherfie Resie Chong and Natalie Yap.

He is confident that the boys will be performing better than in 2018, especially Brandon who had contributed two silvers and one bronze in the individual events, and also the team as a whole who won bronze in Perak.

“Our boys are now ranked second and we are working hard to catch up to top ranked Penang which has three national athletes in the team.

“As for the girls, we will be targeting for the team medal, and we are working to upgrade their routine score, so hopefully MSN will also support our training programme financially.

“At the moment we are facing problems with the training equipment that were first used in the 2002 Sukma held here , and we also can’t really monitor the progress of the athletes with decentralise training.” 

Meanwhile, he also added that Albert Wong Wui Pin, Jenissia Juniol and Tan Mui Kun will be allowed to represent other states in Johor to gain the necessary exposure in preparation for the next Sukma in 2022. 


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