National shooter Johnathan Wong has no choice, but to rely on a series of virtual competitions organised by other countries to maintain his momentum in the sport amid the recent surge in COVID-19 cases.
Among others, the 28-year-old has participated in the Jateng Online Shooting Series hosted by Indonesia on April 11 and a friendly game with Singapore on April 24, where he claimed second place in the men’s 10m air pistol event.
Johnathan said the current situation has forced many competitions to be cancelled including the Tun Haniff Trophy 2021 scheduled for June 29 to Aug 4, which he had planned to use as the 2022 Commonwealth and Asian Games preparations.
“Looking at the calendar, the next physical competition is likely to be the Tun Tan Siew Sin Trophy scheduled to be held from July 27 to Aug 1,” he told Bernama.
Johnathan said his preparations and training at the National Sports Council (NSC) had been smooth so far under the guidance of coach Mohamad Firdaus Abd Rahim.
Johnathan has represented Malaysia in the men’s 10m and 50m air pistol events at the 2016 Rio Olympics, besides having won the gold medal in the 10m air pistol event and a silver medal in the 50m pistol event at the Kuala Lumpur 2017 SEA Games.