Thursday February 7, 2013
Injured Katrina will only return for Japan Open in May
KUALA LUMPUR: Synchronised swimmer Katrina Ann Abdul Hadi will give next month’s German Open a miss due to injury.
After suffering two ligament tears of her right wrist, Katrina will skip the meet to recover and return for the Japan Open in May.
“I’m really looking forward to competing again in the Japan Open and then the Sukma (June), World Championships (July) and the Asia Pacific Championships (Nov),” said Katrina.
The 21-year-old underwent surgery in mid-November last year, followed by stem cell treatments at the Kuala Lumpur Sports Medicine Centre. She has since resumed light training.
“I’m right-handed, so it was really difficult to cope with having just one arm. I was going around with my hand in a cast, strapped to my chest for three weeks. ,” said Katrina who is currently undergoing physiotherapy treatment.
“I’m gaining more flexibility in my wrist now. I’ve been doing some light training .. nothing too strenuous on my wrist. But my coach is worried that I might not make it to the Japan Open because I don’t have full motion of my wrist yet. It usually takes two to three months for us to prepare a routine. So, the focus is now on recuperating as fast as possible.”
Asked about Myanmar’s decision to drop synchronised swimming from the SEA Games in December, Katrina said: “We kind of expected it because Myanmar don’t have a team. We can concentrate on the World Championships now.”
Besides Katrina, the other synchronised swimmers in the national team are Zyanne Lee Zhein Huey, Zylane Le Yhing Huey, Tasha Jane Taher Ali, Emmanuelle Mah Thil Da, Gan Zhen Yu, Gan Hua Wei and Veronica Lee Yiat Lum.