Pahang born Nor Azimah Mat Resad is once again Malaysia's hope for winning a medal at the 18th Vietnam International Judo Tournament to be held at the Phan Dinh Phung Indoor Stadium in Ho Chi Minh City from 2-5 July 2009.
Malaysia will be represented by a team of seven male and three female athletes to this annual international meet. The team would be led by manager, Thevaraj Kasivisvanathan and Mongolian coach, Maralgerel Darmbiinyam.Last year Malaysia won one silver through Nor Azimah in the 45kg and a bronze from Nik Norbaizura Nik Azman (57kg).
Nor Azimah, 25, won quite easily and she is expected to do well again this year.This time around the competition is expected to be tough with most of teams, including China, would be sending their best exponents.Previously, Vietnam hosts this international tournament held together with the South East Asia (SEA) Championship, which is a competition among the South East Asian nations. This time around the Vietnamese are only organizing the international event.
Last year, Malaysia won one gold, 8 silver and 2 bronze in the SEA Championship. The gold was won by national champion, Chong Wai Keat in the below 81kg.The team is expected to leave on Thursday morning.
The squad:Men - Mohd Fakhrul Izaat Afandi (66kg), Marjan Abdullah (73kg), Chong Wai Keat (81kg), Jihad Syamin Johari (55kg), Syaiful Rizal Ahmad Zaidi (100kg).Women - Nor Azimah Mat Resad (45kg), Nik Norbaizura Nik Azman (57kg) and Noor Maizura Zainon (48kg)