Thursday, January 09, 2014

No Karate In 2015 SEA Games A Setback For Exponents - Shavmini

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 8 (Bernama) -- National karate exponent, S. Shree Shavmini said the decision by Singapore as 2015 SEA Games host to drop karate is a setback to the development of the sport among exponents in the region.

Shavmini, 22, said she also needed the exposure at international level in the biennial games even though there are other championships.

"However, if it is true karate will not be competed in the 2015 SEA Games, we will continue training for other tournaments," she said when met by reporters at an appreciation ceremony of national athletes who competed in the Myanmar SEA Games, here Wednesday.

Shavmini said she started undergoing training last week in preparation for the 2014 Malaysian Institutions of Higher Learning Games (SUKIPT) which will be held from February 3 to 16.

Apart from SUKIPT, she said the national squad would also be preparing for the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea in September and the World Karate championship in Germany in November.

The national karate squad delivered seven gold, three silver and five bronze medals at the Myanmar SEA Games.

Karate was also among the consistent gold medal providers to the national contingent in the last three Asian Games except the 2006 edition in Doha, Qatar when they only managed to collect four silver medals.

In the 2002 Asian Games in Busan, South Korea, the national squad won two gold medals and repeated their feat in the 2010 games in Guangzhou, China.

-- BERNAMA

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