Faustina Woo Wai Sii (L) and
Lee YingShi (R) posing with
coach Li Hui upon returning
to Brunei after winning gold
in the duilian event at the
2011 ASEAN-China Wushu
Festival in Nanning, China.
Lee is confident ahead of
the Myanmar Southeast Asian
Games in December despite
Woo nursing a right knee
injury since early April.
Picture: BT file
National wushu athlete Lee Ying Shi feels that there is nothing to worry about despite her partner being out of action since the beginning of April.
Faustina Woo Wai Sii is nursing a right knee injury, and though she is still unable to jump a crucial component in wushu is back at training with lighter sessions.
It almost seems like a blow to the team that has one of the best prospects at delivering gold at the upcoming Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Myanmar in December.
For two consecutive editions, the duo finished with silver in the duilian (duo sparring with broadsword and spear) event.
They managed their best achievement to date just last year after they struck gold in the duilian event at the 8th Asian Wushu Championships in Vietnam in August.
Lee, though, feels there is no need to push the panic button and that they will be ready for the SEA Games if they are chosen.
"There are some jumping movements in duilian but I'm the one doing most of it," Lee told The Brunei Times yesterday.
"She (Woo) just needs to do it once in the routine so it is no big deal.
"I don't feel that there is any difference. It (the injury) hasn't affected me (in our trainings) and we have been maintaining our form since she picked up the injury.
"We know that within the past months (from last year) we have made some big improvements.
"Training has been going on as usual and we still have five months to the SEA Games.
"We are aiming for gold this time (so) there is a bit of pressure to deliver," continued the 19-year-old.
Meanwhile, seven junior athletes departed the Sultanate for the 7th Asian Junior Wushu Championships in Manila on Monday.
Brothers Md Sufi Shayiran, Md Adi Sya'rani, Md Adi Salihin and Md Safiee Shayferan Roslan, together with the trio of Ang Guat Lian, Nur Batrisyia Ripin and Dk Nur Wardinna Pg Hj Aji, will be flying the flag for the Sultanate at the August 8-11 competition.
Brunei returned with one gold medal at the previous edition in Shanghai, China, two years ago after the duo of Lee and Karyn Ho Chia Yin won the duilian event.
According to an earlier report in The Brunei Times, the Sultanate will be joined by hosts Philippines Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, and Vietnam at the four-day tournament.
The other countries in the competition are Afghanistan, China, Chinese-Taipei, Hong Kong, India, Iran, Iraq, Japan, Kazakhstan, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Macau, Nepal and Uzbekistan.