Thursday, October 27, 2011

Karate Coach Confident Of Six Golds At Sea Games

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 25 (Bernama) -- National coach P Arivalagan is confident the national karate squad could haul up at least six gold medals at the Jakarta Sea Games next month.

Although the figure is more than the official target of the Malaysia Karate Federation (Makaf) of four golds, he was confident based on the performance of his charges who had been undergoing intensive preparation including participating in several major tournaments.

"Personally, as a coach I believe we're good for six. In fact we have the potential to win gold in all 10 categories we are contesting," he said at a news conference on the preparation of the Sea Games karate squad at the Bukit Jalil Sports Complex here, Tuesday.

He said the team was now in its final preparation including drawing up strategies against its opponents especially the main challengers, Vietnam and Indonesia.

"Vietnam would be sending its juniors considering many of its seniors have retired... through my observation of the championship in Istanbul last month, while our exponents including the second liners are stronger.

"Indonesia also has some good karate exponents as the sport is very popular there, nonetheless I am confident our exponents have the edge," he said, adding that he hoped the judging system in Jakarta would not favour the host country.

A total of 21 karate exponents including 2009 Sea Games gold medalists G Yugneswari, G Yamini and Jamalliah Jamaludin will be contesting in the event in the kumite and kata categories.

The team will be leaving for Jakarta on Nov 10 for the competition from Nov 12 to 14.

Karate has been a major contributor of gold medals to the Malaysian contingent in various games including six golds in the Laos Sea Games two years ago and two gold medals in the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou, China last December.


Kata Category (Individual and Team):


Men: Kam Kah Sam, Leong Tze Wai and Lim Chee Wai.

Women: Thor Chee Yee, Celine Lee Xin Yi and Khaw Yee Voon.

Kumite Category (Individual and Team):


Men: Loganesha Rao (55kg), L. Kunasilan (60kg), Shahrudin Jamaludin (67kg), K. Teagarajan (75kg), Mohd Hatta Mahmud (84kg) and V. Devaraj (84kg and above).

Women: G. Yugneswary (50kg), A. Nisha (55kg), G.I. Yaaminii (61kg), Shakila Salni Jefry Krishnan (68kg), Jamalliah Jamaludin (68kg and above).

Kumite Category (Team only):


Men: Perkash Arjuna and Uriel French.

Women: Sri Sharmini and C. Malani.


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