National wushu exponent Lee Ying Shi will compete in the Long Fist (Changquan) event at the Guangzhou Asian Games tomorrow. Picture: Infofoto
Lee Ying Shi knows exactly what she has to do when she takes to Nansha Gymnasium tomorrow.
Competing in the biggest event of her life in the one-day Long Fist (Changquan) event at the Guangzhou Asian Games, the 16-year-old Lee is the country's only athlete to see action tomorrow.
"Of course, I must concentrate and have confidence in myself," Lee told The Brunei Times when contacted yesterday.
"The training schedule is the same as in Brunei and we train here (in Guangzhou, China) twice a day. I think I have trained enough and I am ready to compete.
"This is the biggest tournament I've competed in and I am happy to be here.
"I feel proud to be part of the team and to have been the flag-bearer during the opening ceremony (on Friday)," she added.
The Sultanate's opened its campaign in the 16th edition of the multi-sport event through Lee's teammate, Faustina Woo Wai Sii, on Saturday.
The 18-year-old Woo scored a total of 15.9 points to place ninth of 10 competitors in the combined Southern Fist (Nanquan) and Southern Broad Sword (Nandao All-Round).
Both exponents are no strangers to international events, having already won medals at the 4th World Traditional Wushu Championship, 3rd Indoor Asian Games and 25th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.
Though Woo's past success didn't count for anything in Guangzhou she was quick to focus on the positives.
"Most of the exponents I was up against (on Saturday) are professionals so this trip has been really good in terms of gaining experience," said Woo.
"I think I could have done better, but I injured myself during training when I was here," said Woo, explaining that she didn't land properly during a jump.
Fencing's Mohammad Yunos Hj Hamid will be the country's sole athlete competing on Friday while Pg Mohd Nasir Pg Anak Jaafar is set to see action in the equestrian show jumping discipline on Nov 24.
Karate-do's Muhammad Fida'iy Hj Sanif (men's kumite -60kg) and his older brother Mohammad Fadillah (men's kumite -67kg) will do battle on Nov 25, with Mainudin Hj Mohamad (men's kumite -75kg) and Mohammad Jamil Hj Abd Hamid (men's kumite -84kg) closing out the country's participation on Nov 26.
Meanwhile, the country's chef de mission said the team had adjusted well to the conditions in Guangzhou despite competing in a climate that many of them were unaccustomed to.
"The weather is getting colder here," said Hj Muhd Zamri DP Hj Hamdani when contacted yesterday.
"Especially in the mornings, it can get to 17 or 18 degrees Celsius while in the evenings it can get much colder, around 15 degrees," added the CdM.
"But is not a problem and our sports attire is good enough to handle the weather," he said, referring to the windbreakers which were issued to the contingent.
Courtesy from Brunei Times