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Former Wushu World Champion to train national squad

Last update: 17/05/2019
KUALA LUMPUR, May 17 (Bernama) -- The national wushu squad will get a touch of former world champion, Mao Ya Qi, to strengthen their preparations for the World Wushu Championship in Shanghai from Oct 20-23 and the Philippines SEA Games this year.

Malaysian Wushu Federation president Datuk Chong Kim Fatt said the Chinese coach will be in Malaysia this July and will assist the national team in the technical aspects.

Mao is no stranger to the national wushu arena because she had previously trained the Malaysian squad, spawning two wushu stars, Tai Cheau Xuen and Diana Bong.

"We are grateful to the National Sports Council (NSC) for the good news and we will bring the coach from China to strengthen our team and at the same time, our training programme in China for three weeks, before we go straight to Shanghai for the World Championships," he told reporters after attending the Working Committee meeting for wushu here today.

Chong said the selection of the nine athletes for the 2019 World Wushu Championship will be held in July.

For the Philippines SEA Games preparations, Chong said the association is facing an issue where most of Malaysia's world champion athletes cannot compete as the hosts did not list their events, as it is their strategy for a better medal haul but still believed that Malaysian athletes could still win medals.

Chong noted that he is understood that only eight events in the Taolu discipline (artistic) will be contested and the squad is currently preparing the Sanda discipline (combat) athletes as the events offer 16 gold medals.


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