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Taiwan exponents for joint Sabah stint

8th August, 2018


KOTA KINABALU: A group of 23 karate exponents from Taiwan Tao Yuan are currently in the State Capital attending a joint training camp with Sabah exponents at the Kota Kinabalu Sports Complex multipurpose hall, near here, since Monday.

The week-long programme that is scheduled to end on Saturday will see athletes from both sides undergoing training to enhance their Kata and Kumite techniques.

The Taiwan Tao Yuan, who arrived here on Monday was led by the head of delegation Lin Chih Ming, who is also the president of Tao Yuan karate.

Their athletes, who are mostly Cadet and Junior, comprise 15 males and eight females. They are here accompanied by five coaches.

Lin said such a programme was conducted annually where they have gone to Japan twice and Vietnam for a similar camp in the past.

He said Malaysia is their latest destination with Sabah as their preferred training base. Lin said Sabah was chosen because the state provides a suitable and convenient training condition with great facilities available while the state was also a safe place to visit.

“It was also because we know Sabah Karate Association (SKA) are in the midst of preparing for the Sukma and that we too are preparing ourselves for our national championship in November.

“So the joint training will certainly benefit both sides to enhance their readiness to face the competitions. Lin, 62, is no stranger to Sabah having had visited the states for about 20 times.

The former Taiwan national karate head coach went on to say that another reason for choosing Malaysia was because of its reputation as one of the powerhouses in the SEA Games.

He also said Sabah was their preferred training base due to the similar standards between the two teams. Recalling their trip to Japan, the gap between the two sides (athletes) are too inferior.

Lin, who was also once the head coach of the Saudi Arabia national team in the early 80s, said they found it tough to train with a powerhouse like Japan where the standard was high.

“It is different here because the quality and standard are almost at the same level thus the team can train efficiently and effectively in order to improve.

“Apart from that, with proven and established coaches available, it is the best time to conduct the joint training camp.

Malaysia Karate Federation (Makaf) referee council chairman Datuk Patrick Lim, who is also Penang Karate Association President, and Egyptian coach Mustafa Elsayed Mohamad Elsnbawy were among the coaches conducting the training.

Lim is conducting Kata training while Mustafa who is the State Sukma karate coach teaches Kumite.

According to Lin, the joint training was not all about karate, will be used to give to teach their athletes the value of life, learnt to be independent and to improve the athletes English.

“When we returned home, whether the athletes improved or not is secondary. It is our hope that the programme away from home will make them a better person can take care of them. That is more important,” said Lin who added some of the Tao Yuan athletes are medallist at the Asian Karate Federation Cadet and Junior championship.

Meanwhile, SKA vice president-cum-referee council chairman Johnny Chong said that the week-long camp will conclude with a mini competition between Sabah Sukma karatekas and Tao Yuan athletes in Likas on Saturday. Also, present yesterday was SKA secretary general Julian Chin.

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