Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Nazroff eyes silver ride in comeback after 10-year absence

PETALING JAYA: Tunku Nazroff Tunku Moksin will be returning to the international stage for the first time in 10 years when he competes in the equestrian event at the Jakarta SEA Games from Nov 11-22.

The 34-year-old Nazroff first represented Malaysia in the 1995 Chiangmai SEA Games. He then won a team silver in the 2001 Games on home ground.

That was his last appearance as an elite athlete, although Nazroff continued to be active in the sport and was team manager for the 2006 Asian Games in Doha, Qatar.

“Equestrian depends on the event and the horse you have ... I have never really had a good horse for the past 10 years,” said Nazroff, who has been named team captain.

“But I’ve remained active and continued riding. This time I have a horse that looks good enough to do the job at SEA Games level ... that’s why I’ve decided to compete again.

“It will be tough winning a gold medal but I believe we’re good enough for a team silver.”
Nazroff will be competing in the team event and individual show jumping.

Malaysia will be sending an inexperienced team to Jakarta. Besides Nazroff, the others - Mohd Nabil Fikri, Nurlin Mohd Salleh, Sharmini Christina Ratnasingham and Natasha Ines Wah Idris – are relative newcomers.
Equestrian enjoyed its best haul at the 2001 Kuala Lumpur Games with five gold and three silver medals. Malaysia bagged four gold medals at the 2007 Korat Games.

Equestrian was not included in the 2009 Laos Games.


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