Monday, August 11, 2014

Makaf Happy With Achievement Of Juniors In Asian Junior Karate Championships

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 10 (Bernama) -- The Malaysian Amateur Karate Federation (Makaf) are satisfied with the two gold medals won by the back up squad exponents in the Asian Junior Karate Championships which ended here today.

Apart from winning two gold medals, the Malaysian squad finished fourth overall, drawing praise from Makaf President Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam who said the achievement was better than the one gold medal win two years ago.

Malaysia clinched the gold medal in the men's Kata team through Howart Tan, Ivan Oh, Ooi San Hong who beat Kuwait today and men's Kumite Under-52kg through Khavin Rajs who beat Minami Yunosuke from Japan, yesterday.

"We hope to produce more champions in the cadet, junior and Under-21 categories," he told reporters at the closing ceremony held at the Cheras Badminton Stadium, here today.

Iran emerged as the overall champion with 13 gold, 5 silver and 6 bronze medals, followed by Japan with 9 gold, 9 silver and 9 bronze while Kazakhstan were third with two gold, three silver and nine bronze medals.

Malaysia finished with two gold, three silver and eight bronze medals.

National back up squad coach R. Puvaneswaran hoped junior exponents who showed promising performances would be absorbed into the elite National squad later.

"We have a set of talented young exponents who can be groomed for senior duty in the future," he said.

Meanwhile, Makaf has identified eight exponents to spearhead the country's challenge at the Incheon Asian Games in South Korea, next month.

Makaf secretary-general Vincent Chen Chee Hong said the eight exponents would compete in the men's Kata (1), men's Kumite (3), women's Kumite (4).

The eight selected comprise Myanmar SEA Games gold medallist in men's Kata, Lim Chee Leong, S. Senthil Kumaran (Kumite U-60kg), R. Sharmemdran (U-67kg), J. Sharma (U-75kg), Nur Eleena Anis Ab Malek (women's Kumite U-45kg), A. Nisha (U-55kg), K. Syakilla Saini (U-61kg) and S. Shree Sharmini (U-68kg).

--BERNAMA

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