Boxers target two-gold haul



KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah boxing squad set a two-gold medal target in the 19th Malaysia Games (Sukma) that ‘unofficialy’ gets underway this weekend.

Team manager John Adriano said the modest target could equal their medal haul achieved in the last Sukma in Kuching, Sarawak two years ago.

The squad started preparations since March this year and had a brief training stint in the Philippines.

“Apart from Adrian Junior James and Arick Apar, the rest are mostly new faces. However, I believe the squad will be able to deliver the results.

“With the hard work in training, we are going to give our best to try and return with two gold medals in the up-coming Sukma,” he said here yesterday.

They started their preparations after the Mayor Cup tournament in March under the watchful eyes of coaches Adzlin Ganis Apat, Larry Boy Atim and Mohd Hudzaifah Reitz at the Kota Kinabalu Sports Complex in Likas near here.

“The athletes also underwent a short training stint in Baguio City in April and we thank the MSN (Sabah Sports Council) for the opportunity.

“Our boxers sparred with the local elites as well as those from Australia who were there to train as well. “The coaches too are working out on programmes that will ensure the athletes will be at peak form for Sukma because boxing is one of the sports which are unpredictable.

“You will only find out how strong your competitors are on the day itself. However, our athletes will be fully prepared for the Games and we will try our best,” he added.

This time around, Sabah will be represented by eight boxers for the Games.

They are Fariz Uwaimir Fazil @ Fadzil, Johari Daniel Gray, Kharul Azim Nasser, Mohd Rayyan Rizon, Mohd Shahizan Hamzah and Muhd Izzat Akmal Kamal apart from Adrian and Arick.

The squad will leave for Perak on September 12.

By :
New Sabah Times