Age limit for Pahang Sukma gymnastics revised
Posted on June 29, 2012, Friday
KUCHING: Sarawak gymnasts will have better chances of winning more medals at the coming Sukma XV in Kuantan, Pahang after the age limit of the competitors was finally revised.
State team manager, Tan Gek Hiang said he was relieved to learn that the age limit for the artistic gymnastics competition has been reverted to that of under 21.
“The problem has been resolved by the Sukma technical committee and this has certainly lifted the morale and spirit in our camp,” he said yesterday.
According to Tan, earlier this month the age limit for artistic gymnastics was raised from under 21 to under 23 and for rhythmic gymnastics, it was from under 21 to under 15.
The change was said to be made by the National Sports Council (NSC) under the directives from Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM).
In another development, the state Sukma-bound artistic gymnastics squad underwent a three-day training stint at Raden Inten, Indonesia from June 12-14 as part of their preparation for the upcoming event.
Sarawak State Sports Council (MSNS) coordinator for gymnastics, Dedia Sarini said the squad’s short stint in Indonesia was appropriate as the facilities there were far better than the training centre here.
It was also aimed to boost the gymnasts’ confidence when they compete against older and more experienced opponents in Pahang.
She said other states are also taking the same approach by sending their gymnasts for training stints in China to gain more exposure.
Sarawak will send five athletes for artistic gymnastics and four for the rhythmic gymnastics in the gymnastics competition that offers 20 gold medals.