Lily misses Games berth by 4kg (The Straits Times) | Lao Tribune

Lily misses Games berth by 4kg (The Straits Times)

FOUR kilos.

That is all that separated judoka Lily Ana Abdul Rahman from a first SEA Games appearance.

Initially a medal hopeful in the below-52kg category, the 21-year-old student has had to drop out of Singapore’s Games squad after failing to lose sufficient weight over a six-week period.

She won a silver at last year’s SEA championships and was fourth at the Thailand Open.

Lily, who weighs 56kg currently, admitted yesterday when the squad was confirmed: “It was really a great disappointment for me to be unable to take part in the SEA Games, not because of skill but because of my weight.

“I hope to be able to maintain my weight around 54kg so that in future competitions, I will only have to cut down around 2kg instead of 4kg nearing the competition, making it much less daunting.”

Lily has been replaced by another Games debutante, Tan Yee Chin, 23.

However Tan, who usually competes in the below-48kg category, will have an uphill task against stronger and more powerful opponents such as defending champion Phonenaly Sayarath from Laos.

Now training with the national team in Mongolia, Tan, who is a part-time judo coach, admits that she has been finding it quite difficult to add more weight to her 49kg frame.

In a text message to The Straits Times yesterday, she said: “I have been trying to stuff myself in Mongolia by eating more meat and carbohydrates.

“I have been eating five meals a day – three main meals plus two meals of cereal around 3pm and one before bed.”

“But the training and cold weather here have been restricting my weight gain,” Tan revealed.

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