KUALA LUMPUR: The World Cup leg in Seoul will be crucial for short track speed skaters Ariff Rasydan and Anja Chong in their hope of qualifying for the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang on Feb 9-25.
Ice Skating Association of Malaysia (ISAM) president Fadzil Johan believes the duo are in good shape to make an impression in the tournament in Seoul, which starts today.
Figure skater Julian Yee and skier Jeffrey Webb have qualified for the Winter Olympics.
“Ariff and Anja have been pushing hard in training as they know that the Seoul assignment will be their last chance of achieving their dream,” said Fadzil, who is Ariff’s father
Fadzil said Ariff and Anja need to be in the top 50 bracket to qualify as each country can only send three skaters for the Winter Olympics.
Anja is currently the World No 54 in the women’s 500m with a personal best of 0:47.696 seconds and is the 72nd-ranked in the 1000m race.
“I am proud of them as they will be racing against all odds in Seoul. It is not easy but they have promised to do their best,” Fadzil added.
The Winter Olympic Games offers eight gold medals in short track speed skating.