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AGU Media, DOHA (QAT): Malaysian artistic gymnast Nur Eli Ellina Azmi wants to dedicate a gold at the SEA Games to her late mother, who died in December, 2015.
“She battled with cervical cancer for two-and-a-half years. I wish she was around to watch me in action,” said Eli. “I’ll go all out to make it a memorable outing at home.”
Interestingly, the 22-year-old did not make the cut for the Games after she fractured her right ankle during a friendly competition in Australia in June.
“It was tough, but I didn’t give up although the medical report wasn’t good,” she added. “I attended rehabilitation programme and worked really hard. I could recover and I’m back on my feet again,” said Eli, who has been with the national team for eight years.
She bagged a silver in the balance beam in her Games debut in Palembang in 2011, and also helped her country win team gold in Singapore two years ago.
“My first task will be to help Malaysia defend the team title. The second would be to win my first individual gold,” she said.
Lavinia Jayadev, Tan Ing Yueh, Tracie Ang, Farah Ann Abdul Hadi and Nur Azira Aziri are the other members in the squad.
AGU Media, DOHA (QAT): Mahmoud Hanif was elected as the new Afghanistan National Olympic Committee (AFG-NOC) President at a recent election held under the supervision of the country’s independent electoral commission in Kabul.
On behalf of the Afghanistan Gymnastic Federation, Gen. Shah Malang Muthahed also attended the General Assembly as a voting member.
He will serve a four-year term at the office in pursuance of the Olympic Charter and the Statutes of the AFG-NOC.
Besides Hanif, Humayoon Alamyan and Ahamd Zia Nayibi were the other contestants in the presidential elections, but the incumbent pipped his rivals, managing with 28 votes from the 31 members.
AGU Media, DOHA (QAT): When the 29th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games begin on August 17 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Kaitlin DeGuzman will hope to help the Philippines defend their team bronze just like her mother Tammy did 20 years ago.
“I was thrilled to represent my country at a major international event. I’ve always wanted to play for the Philippine national team,” Kaitlin, who competed at the 2015 and 2016 P&G Gymnastics Championships for USA, said in a recent interview to Filipino media.
Kaitlin will represent the Philippines in international competition because her parents were born there while her father was as a member of its water polo team.
Her stint as an elite gymnast in the US helped her prepare to control her nerves.
“I tend to over think and get sick. I need to stay calm and be positive,” she said.
For the Philippines, the SEA Games may be an important event, but it will be Kaitlin’s only second international assignment.
The 17-year-old Oklahoma resident wants to do well.
“My plan is to do well at the competition. I want to focus on getting ready for whatever God has in store for me,” added Kaitlin.
AGU Media, DOHA (QAT): Artistic gymnast Sam Rim will be the sole participant for Cambodia at the SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, but the country’s gymnastics federation exuded confidence that Rim will get success following a four-month camp in
Shantou with the Guangdong Provincial Team in China.
“The training sessions in China really helped Sam Rim,” said Cambodian Gymnastics Federation (CGW) General Secretary Noy Sophanna.
“Winning a medal will be tough because he’ll competing against some of the best, but he’ll definitely produce a good result,” he added.
Besides the training sessions in China, which started from April 9, Sam also competed in some tournaments in Japan which helped him to develop his technique.
He will be competing in floor exercise and vault while Chinese coach Wang Yibing expressed satisfaction over the progress made by his ward.
Last year, the CGW had sent a three-member team of Sor Sopheng, Choeun Chanbory and Ms Sor Sokim to the FIG Aerobic World Championships in Incheon, South Korea.
AGU Media, DOHA (QAT): Ace Indian gymnast Dipa Karmakar may switch from the ‘vault of death’ to ‘Handspring 540’ at the 2018 Commonwealth Games (CWG), according to media reports.
“There’s a Handspring 540 degree turn which could be there at CWG. It’s a twist movement in the air. In the handspring front movement, it’s the most difficult vault, but below Produnova,” said Dipa.
She became synonymous with the ‘Produnova’ after her path-breaking show at the Rio Olympics, but the Tripura-born gymnast has not competed thereafter due to an Anterior Crucial Ligament (ACL) injury in her right knee.
The 24-year-old underwent a surgery in April and has already missed the Asian Championship. She will also skip the upcoming FIG Artistic World Championship in Canada and return to action only at next year’s CWG in Australia.
“I had an ACL tear. I don’t want to take pressure. My main target is 2020 Tokyo Games. If I can perform Handspring 540 with perfection, I can win a medal at CWG,” added Dipa, who won a bronze at the last CWG edition in Glasgow, Scotland.
She exuded confidence that despite out of action for long will not affect her medal chances in the April 4-15, 2018 event in Gold Coast.
“It’s all about practice. The standard of competition will be known to me after the World Championship. I’ll get to know what I need to practice,” she said.
AGU Media, DOHA (QAT):  The 29th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games started with a glittering opening ceremony in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Saturday, with teenage diver Nur Dhabitah Sabri flew through the national stadium in a brave stunt to light the cauldron above the Bukit Jalil stadium floor.
Even the torrential rain early on failed to dampen the spirit and Malaysia’s king, Sultan Muhammad V, declared the Games open.
The artistic gymnastics event will start on Sunday till Wednesday while rhythmic events will be from August 26.
Earlier, a flying tiger, shiny gold suits and a parade of marching bands took centre stage as the two-week Games opened in a blaze of colour.
About 4,200 athletes are competing for 404 gold medals in sports ranging from gymnastics, boxing, equestrianism to petanque, speed skating and lawn bowls.
AGU Media, DOHA (QAT): Malaysia’s rhythmic gymnast Chong Lok Yi will be looking forward to win medals at the SEA Games which will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from August 19-30.
“It’s my first SEA Games. I’m quite excited. I need to be consistent and help my country make a clean sweep of all the six gold medals,” Lok Yi told
Besides Lok Yi, Koi Sie Yan, Amy Kwan Dict Weng and Izzah Amzan will represent the hosts in the multi-discipline competition.
Sie Yan and N Shasangari Sivaneswary were joint gold medallists in the individual all-around in Singapore two years ago.
“I’ve two major challenges. First, the event and then studies. I hope to do well in both. It’s all about striking the right balance,” said the 17-year-old, who won a gold in the clubs event at the Asean Schools Games in Singapore last month.
Lok Yi joined the national junior team at 12, but almost left the sport in the first year.
“It was difficult to cope with the training sessions. I was too scared. But I won a bronze in the clubs in 2012. It helped me to stay in the sport,” said Lok Yi.
Malaysia’s best outing in rhythmic gymnastics was at the 2001 KL Games when they made a clean sweep of all six gold medals.


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