State boxers need more tournament exposure, says Sukma coach
by Lester Mekan Baha, firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted on August 17, 2012, Friday
KUCHING: State Sukma boxing coach Fred Mendagi is confident that Sarawak can improve its medal tally in the sport in Sukma if the boxers were given more exposure in tournaments as part of their training.
Speaking to The Borneo Post yesterday, Fred said the trainees had to take part in tournaments outside the state as there were not enough boxing tournaments in the state to give them tournament exposure.
He pointed out that Sukma boxers in Peninsular Malaysia were exposed to more than eight tournaments a year while Sarawak boxers had only the Parliament Betong Boxing Tournament to gain tournament experience.
Fred added that before last Sukma the state boxers took part in only one tournament due financial constraints.
“It is only through the competitive bouts that our boxers can get experiential learning and how to score points in competitions.”
The state’s boxing team for next Sukma to held in Perlis will be spearheaded by Fuad Sani bronze medallist in last Sukma, Donovan Ungu Simon and Riduan Fabli while silver medallists Richard Lim and Nazreen Sidi would be overage by then.
“The three who performed very well in last Sukma will be joined by new boxers selected from the current development programme,” he said.