SKA planning to train at dojo
Published on: Tuesday, June 30, 2020
By: GL Oh
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Kota Kinabalu: Sabah Karate Association (SKA) are planning to restart their Sukma Games training sessions at their main dojo this Wednesday (July 1).

This is based on the verbal agreement by the Sabah Sports Board on their earlier request to resume their preparation for the biennial games in Johor next year with a return to their main training centre.

“We have informed the Sabah Sports Board of our plan, and they have verbally agreed to our request although we have yet to receive the letter from them,” said SKA secretary general Julian Chin (pic) on Monday.

SKA with their main dojo located inside the Kota Kinabalu Sports Complex building, was one of the sports affected by the presence of the makeshift Covid-19 quarantine centre on the badminton courts nearby.

As a result, they earlier feared they would be unable to use it for training purposes at least until the end of August.

Julian, who went for a final inspection on the venue on Monday, is confident the risk factor is minimal as there is quite a distance between the dojo and the quarantine centre.

“I went to the main dojo this morning and I feel it is okay for us to train because the (badminton) hall is situated quite far from us.

“I have my worries too if they do change their decision but I think we will still go ahead until there is a stop order, and they will be sanitising the place tomorrow.”

He also stressed that the training sessions would be conducted strictly following the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) guidelines.

“It will be a no-contact training session even though both kata and kumite athletes will be involved. We will ensure that social distancing will be practised and temperature screening of the trainees will be conducted as well.”

The 30-member squad had just restarted their fitness training in Likas Bay two weeks ago after three months of training at home following the implementation of the Movement Control Order in March. 


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