Friday, May 09, 2014

Makaf Eyes At Least One Gold Medal In Incheon Asian Games

KUALA LUMPUR, May 8 (Bernama)-- The Malaysian Karate Federation (Makaf) is eyeing at least one gold medal in the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, scheduled in September.

Its Secretary-General Vincent Chen Chee Hong said it was achievable based on the world ranking of national karate exponents and achievements in previous Asian Games.

He said the national squad had just returned from the World Karate Championship 1 in Lasko, Slovenia last March, with one gold, three silvers and one bronze.

"We will send eight exponents for the Asian Games. With no hope for medals in either Kumite or Kata, our target is to send more women exponents for exposure, especially junior exponents," he told Bernama today.

Chen said Japan were still the dominating force in the Games while countries like Iran, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan are beginning to provide stiff competition to our exponents.

"Our squad will take part in two warm-up tournaments in the China Open Karate Championship by middle of this year and the 12th European Karate Federation (EKF) championship in Izmir, Turkey from June 7-8, before heading to South Korea.

The tournaments are the best platform to measure the quality and performances of the exponents," he said.

The best achievement of the national karate squad in the Asian Games was winning two gold medals in the 1998 Games in Bangkok, Thailand, 2002 in Busan, South Korea and 2010 in Guangzhou, China.



-- BERNAMA

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