Wednesday, May 20, 2015

MWWF targets three Golds at SEA Games with Alex Yoong's return

KUALA LUMPUR, May 19 (Bernama) -- The Malaysian Waterski and Wakeboard Federation (MWWF) are now eyeing three-gold medals at the upcoming Singapore SEA Games scheduled from June 5-16.

According to a statement from MWWF, the target was based on the return of former F1 driver and experienced water skier Alex Yoong to the team which has given the team a tremendous boost.

Although it has not been a smooth comeback for Alex, who is battling to overcome injuries, he was confident of shaping up well for the SEA Games.

"Preparation has been challenging as it has been hard to fit in training in between travelling for work and rehabilitation for my knee.

"I tore my medial collateral ligament (MCL) in my left knee during Chinese New Year. And I have a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in that knee as well from a previous accident. I'll be skiing with a knee brace to support it," said the 39-year-old athlete.

He won the men's overall gold medal and a silver in the jump and slalom events at the 2011 SEA Games in Palembang.

"The good news is that with National Sports Institute's (ISN) help, my leg is getting stronger and I'm confident I'll be 100 per cent ready for Singapore since it's always a pleasure to represent Malaysia," added Alex.

Meanwhile, with Philippa Yoong, who won two gold medals in Palembang four years ago but retired in 2013, the team's main hope to deliver the other two gold medals will rest on her sister Aaliyah Yoong Hanifah, 11.

Aaliyah became the youngest gold medallist in SEA Games history when she won the tricks event four years ago in Palembang.

However, the main concern for the team was Arianna Chow, 13, a silver medal prospect in women's tricks event, who has yet to recover from an arm injury.

"If ISN doctors do not certify her fit, we will have no choice but to withdraw Arianna from the SEA Games," said team manager Hanifah Yoong.

The other members in the team include Syahir Nasir (16), Aiden Yoong Hanifah (9), Adam Yoong Hanifah (7), Jeff Oh (15) and Cheah Hsu Ann (26).


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