Among the athletes involved are kumite exponents -- Syakilla Salni Jefry Krisnan (right), and R. Sharmendran Raghonathan (left). (NSTP/ ZULFADHLI ZULKIFLI)

KUALA LUMPUR: The national karate squad have yet to receive technical guide books that have been updated for the upcoming Asian Games in Indonesia which takes place in about six months time.

National team manager Tan See Toh said hosts Indonesia did say prior to this that they would update the technical guide books.

"The previous technical guide books had as many as six men’s event and six women’s events to be contested but Indonesia have informed that one event would be taken out.

"We are still waiting for the latest technical guide books because we do not know which event category that has been dropped or taken out,” said See Toh here earlier today.

Last month, Malaysia Karate Federation (MAKAF) secretary general Vincent Chan voiced the national karate team’s concerns about not getting the technical guide books which is feared could disrupt the overall preparation of the team.

He said even though they have yet to obtain any further news or confirmation, the national karate squad’s preparation has been going on as usual with MAKAF’s exco meeting held yesterday deciding to send five senior athletes for the Karate 1 (K1) Championship – Premier League in Dubai from February 16 to 18.

The five said athletes involved are kumite exponents -- Syakilla Salni Jefry Krisnan, S. Prem Kumar, S. Shree Sharmini, S. Senthil Kumaran and R. Sharmendran, while kata exponent -- Lim Chee Wei could not join as he is still in the process of recovering from injury.

"Only those with the best wolrd ranking spots can take part in K1 so we will send the rest of the athletes to take part in Series A in Salzburg, Austria next month to enable them to gain exposure and also collect points to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games,” he said.

At the same time, See Toh said that the junior squad are also carrying out meticulous preparations to take part in a few championships in order to qualify for the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Buenos Aires, Argentina which will be contesting karate for the very first time.

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