Women judakas target gold medal at SEA Games

Last update: 17/10/2019

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 16  -- Tan Kei Yi and Siti Nur Aisyah Che Adzmi @ Azmi will make their debut in the judo competition in the 2019 Philippines SEA Games from Nov 30 until Dec 11.

Despite being first timers, the duo has the courage to set a gold medal in the Junokata category knowing they would face stiff competition from the other athletes.

Kei Yi, 20, hoped the training she received throughout the year was sufficient to help them to gain points in the arena.

“We are confident we can win gold if we play hard. We want to prove that these 'little girls' are capable of making the country proud in judo,” she told Bernama after the media session of Team Malaysia Sports SEA 2019 at the National Sports Council (MSN) today.

For 19-year-old Siti Aisyah, she hopes to bring home the gold medal based on the sacrifices they made.

The duo has been paired together since 2017 and won gold when representing Penang at the 2018 Malaysia Games (Sukma) in Perak.

 Meanwhile, the national judo head coach Marjan Abdullah said the competition would be tough this time as many countries have used naturalised athletes compared to Malaysia's local talents.

“Our biggest competitor this time will be from Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines as they practised the tradition of importing players from other countries. For example, the Philippines imports all the exponents from Japan to represent them,” she said.

 “We won a silver and bronze medal respectively in a championship in Bangkok. Therefore, our chances to bag a gold in SEA Games are brighter,” she added.

No Malaysian has won gold in judo the Games since 1981.