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Karatekas set modest medal target
Published on: Thursday, September 13, 2018

Kota Kinabalu: Sabah's Sukma karate squad have only set a modest one-gold target in the 19th Perak Sukma Games where the event will begin with the preliminary round on Saturday (September 15).

Sabah Karate Association secretary general Julian Chin who is also the head coach for the contingent hoped with the hiring of Egyptian coach Mustafa Elsayed Mohamad Elsanbawy and recent joint training sessions with Taiwan Tao Yuan karatekas will see the athletes shine in the competition.

"We had a very good preparation especially with the joint training sessions with the Taiwanese recently. The input from our new Egyptian coach Mustafa also helps to improve the athletes with his approach.

"We are not going to make a big claim on gold medal target as the competition is tough and we cannot afford to be over confident.

"I would say Pressy Misty Philip who won silver in the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games last year is our best bet for gold in the women kumite -68kg category, and we are also hoping that Gwendollyn Gimus will get to defend her title in the women kumite -55kg," he said.


Meanwhile, the contingent led by team manager Joanes Joitol and coaches Julian, Farlin Frederic, Mustafa, Audrey Japyus, Mahfudz Azeem and Danny Fredoline will be leaving for Perak today and the 19 athletes are Einstein Junior Edward Justin Majanil (Individual kata), Josvin Jase (team kata), Cleverence Carlos (team kata), Elreno Zeru (team kata), Stanley Dulian (kumite -55kg/team kumite), Richal Mattan (kumite -60kg/team kumite), Mcroyce Donovan Dagul (kumite-67kg/team kumite), Ar Nickazmie Ahmad (kumite -75kg/team kumite), Arthuric Gedion Jiwin (kumite-84kg/team kumite), Kellyment Kahan (kumite +84kg/team kumite), Al Nasrin Faisal (team kumite) for the men, while the women members are Vellcarollyne Agustine (individual kata/team kata), Alexandra Jacklya Dakius (team kata), Ester Bell Siaw Tze Ling (team kata), Cairola Cheverry Wong Yee Ying (kumite -50kg/team kumite), Gwendollyn Gimus (kumite -55kg/team kumite), Maychelle Roger Mool (kumite -61kg/team kumite), Pressy Misty Philip (kumite -68kg/team kumite) and Celine Grace Aloysius Embon (kumite +68kg/team kumite). – GL Oh

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