05 September 2001


JOHOR BAHARU, Sept 4 (Bernama) -- Siti Sukmah Buang admits to being a little nervous about making her SEA Games debut but says a fight is only won or lost on the combat floor.

"I think whoever can take control on stage will have an advantage," said Siti Sukmah who will be representing Malaysia for the first time in the Class D silat olahraga.

When met at a training session here today, the gutsy Siti Sukmah, 21, said her target was to win a gold.

Siti Sukmah, a final year accounting student at Institut Yayasan Alor Gajah in Melaka, took up silat at the age of nine, following in the footsteps of her silat instructor father Buang Osman.

She represented Melaka at the Malaysia Games in Selangor in 1998 and in Penang in 2000, winning the gold on both occasions.

Armed with fighting spirit and thorough preparations, Siti Sukmah is ready for battle despite her lack of international experience.

"I have watched video recordings of several SEA Games competitions to learn about the opponents' style and pace," she said.

She joined the national silat squad in September last year after competing in the national championship at the Kuala Lumpur Badminton Stadium in Cheras.

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