SEPANG – Powerlifting silver medallist at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, Jong Yee Khie is now focusing on the third Asian Para Games in Jakarta in October.
The 29-year-old athlete from Batu Kawa, Kuching said he would only take a break for two or three days, before returning to the Kampung Pandan Paralimpic Sport Excellence Centre to continue training, with a target to win gold in Jakarta.
“I cannot take a long vacation, I need to continue preparing for the Asian Para Games. Of course, I will face a strong challenge from athletes from China and Iran,” he told reporters when met upon arriving at klia2 from Gold Coast early today together with the powerlifting, swimming and artistic gymnastics squads.
The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist, lifted 188.7kg to take second place in the men’s heavyweight powerlifting that was won by Abdul Azeez Ibrahim from Nigeria with a lift of 191.9kg while Sachin Chaidhary from India won the bronze with a lift of 181.0kg.
Yee Khie had to settle for a silver medal after losing to the former world champion based on body weight at the Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre on Tuesday.
Asked on the plan for the RM40,000 reward under the National Sports Incentives Scheme (Shakam) that he would receive, Yee Khie said he wanted to open a restaurant in his village in the future.
Meanwhile, national powerlifting head coach Jamil Adam expressed confidence that Yee Khie would be able to win a gold medal for the country in Jakarta if he could defeat athletes from China, Iran and Iraq, because currently he was ranked fourth in the world.
Based on the latest performance, the early list for Jakarta which comprised five athletes was ready and the Powerlifting Asian-Oceania Open Championships in Kitakyushu, Japan in September would be a warming-up platform for the team.
“I think our athletes are at their best right now, so we have a great chance in the Asian Games. We just have to work on our preparation, with the support of the National Sports Institute,” he said. – BERNAMA