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berKUALA LUMPUR, Oct 14 -- The Ice Skating Association of Malaysia (ISAM) welcomes Malaysian children born overseas to represent the country in any tournaments in the future.
ISAM president Mohd Fadzli Johan pointed out that they had received over 15 inquiries so far from Malaysian parents who live abroad and showed an interest to make their children eligible to represent the country.
“We know that there are lots of talents outside Malaysia who can represent our country. They (children) might be half Malaysian, half Briton, American or Canadian and I’m glad to receive calls from their parents who told us that they would like their children to play for Malaysia,” he told reporters here, today.
Mohd Fadzli was met after attending the Malaysian flag and cheque hand over ceremony to C. Sree Abiraame, who will represent Malaysia in two European outings soon, in an event held in Puchong.
Sree, who’s currently undergoing training in Latvia since March last year, was represented by her father, B. Chendren.
The nine-year-old figure skater will compete in the Narva Cup in Estonia on Oct 30 and 31 and return to Latvia to participate in the Volvo Cup from Nov 3-7.
However, Mohd Fadzli said these children must come to Malaysia first to show off their talents before ISAM decides to proceed on taking them on to represent the country or otherwise.
In the meantime, he informed that ISAM is looking forward to establish a regional centre of excellence in Latvia as an avenue to train local talents on figure skating there.
“We also plan to send the coaches to gain some knowledge in Latvia in a bid to train the skaters here. The cost is reasonable as compared to other countries and they (Latvia) actually use Russian expertise to train their talents there,” he added.
On Sree’s target, ISAM believed that the pint-sized adorable girl will have a podium finish on European soil.
Meanwhile, Chendren was grateful to receive cash assistance worth RM10,000 from Quantum Metal Sdn Bhd, who were willing to chip in their money to help Sree compete in both European tournaments and hope it will motivate his daughter to make the Malaysian flag fly high there.
Having won more than 50 gold medals at various levels, Sree has carved her name in the Asia Book of Records (ABOR) as the Youngest to Win Medals in International Figure Skating in 2019 and Malaysia Book of Records (MBOR) as the Youngest to Win "Skate Asia" Figure Skating Competition (Female) in 2017.
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