KUALA LUMPUR: Recurve archer Syaqiera Mashayikh has admitted she is still struggling to hit form ahead of the Hangzhou Asian Games.
The Olympian hopes that the two-week intensive training camp in Janda Baik will get her back to her best when she starts her campaign at the Fuyang Yinhu Sports Centre Qualification Field on Oct 1.
And the Universiti Putra Malaysia student hopes to go far this time. In her Olympic debut in 2021, Tokyo, she bowed out in the first round and in the world championships in Berlin last month, she was also eliminated early in the women’s individual and team event.
Syaqiera, 22, admitted that her form has declined due to her studies, but her semester-break could help her to be on target again.
“I lacked training and my form dropped. The good thing is it’s the semester-break now, so I can focus on my archery completely.
“Our coach has organised a training camp in Janda Baik. The training is focused on team building and scoring.
“But I have no high target and will take it one round at a time. I’m doing 620 points now. I was shooting 630 before my slump. I need to work harder to improve.”
Syaqiera said archers from South Korea, China and Indonesia will be the favourites in the Hangzhou Asiad based on their form at the world meet.