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Choi siblings out to do Sabah proud

ALL IN THE FAMILY … front from left, Choi Ken-Liong, E-Ann, Kathleen, E-Faye, their father James Choi and Choi Ken-Tao, 11 while back row, their mum

14th September, 2018


IPOH: Siblings Angeline Choi E-Ann and Choi E-Faye are determined to add to Sabah’s medal collection at the 19th Malaysia Games (Sukma) here in Perak.

The duo will see action in the kata category on the final day of the judo event at the SMJK Krian Hall in Kerian today. So far, judo has contributed two silver and two bronze medals for the state contingent.

They won two silver and one bronze on the first day of the competition Wednesday while yesterday, E-Faye added the second bronze.

It could have been two bronze for the day, but unfortunately, E-Ann lost her bronze medal match.

When met yesterday, both E-Ann, 18, who is a first year IT and Business student at YPC College in the national capital and E-Faye, 16, a form four student of SMK Seri Bintang Utara Kuala Lumpur, vowed to give it a good go at winning the gold medal.

“We will surely try our best to win a medal for Sabah, and it will be great if it is gold in colour,” they said. Meanwhile, their elder sibling, Kathleen, 23, believes her younger sisters stand a chance to make a podium finish in the kata event.

She said: “I hope things will go their way tomorrow and win a medal of any colour,” she said. Apart from E-Ann and E-Faye, their sibling Kenji Choi Ken-Jeh was also part of the state team. He also contributed a bronze.

Interestingly, the Choi family is living in Kuala Lumpur. They moved to the national capital about a decade ago.

Their father James Choi is from Kuala Lumpur while their mother Yoona Liew is a SinoDusun, who hails from Kota Marudu.

Kathleen, who has two Sukma bronze medals under her belt while donning Selangor colours in 2011 and 2013, revealed they have a Sabah identity having being born in the Land Below the Wind.

“We moved to Kuala Lumpur when I was 11 years old,” she said, before revealing that her younger siblings were given the opportunity to don Sabah colours after meeting the Sabah Judo Association a year ago.

Yesterday, E-Faye win her bronze medal after defeating Wang Maen Yih from Melaka in the women’s -48kg category bronze-medal match while E-Ann lost her bronze medal battle in the women’s -52kg category to Nur Farah Izzati Wallah from Perak.

Meanwhile, it was another quiet day for the state contingent as the Games enters its third day today. As of press time yesterday, they collected two silver and two bronze medals from the judo event.

Besides E-Ann and E-Faye, Sabah will also be involved in various sports that offer medals today. The state will also be in contention for medals on the opening day of the tenpin bowling competition at Ampang Superbowl, Ipoh Parade.

Two gold medals will be on offer for the Men’s and Women’s Singles where Sabah will be represented by Nabil Aiman, Mohd Azmeel, Mohd Zulhilmie, Nevern Netaneel, Mohd Sufyan Ismat and Sushanor Sihanor (men) as well as Caroline Chua, Farah Nur Iman, Intan Qistina, Erissa Sarah, Nurul Ayunni and Nurul Alyssa (women).

Apart from that, Sabah athletes will also be involved in the preliminary or group stages of petanque for Men’s Triples, Women’s Triples and Mixed Doubles; lawn bowls (Men Fours, Women Pairs, Women Triples, Men singles); various classes of the pencak silat competition; and the Men’s and Women’s sepak takraw Team Trio events.

Sabah will also open their quest for glory in hockey where the men’s team will take on Negeri Sembilan and the women’s team against Kedah at the Sultan Azlan Shah Stadium.

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