PETALING JAYA: Patience is not the ability to wait, but the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting, just ask national artistic gymnast Tracie Ang.

Having represented the nation since she was 12, the 27-year-old has decided to stay on in the national team a little longer to fight for an Olympic Games ticket.

Tracie had contemplated retirement after winning the balance beam gold at the Philippines SEA Games last year but now she wants to take part in the Asian Championships, a qualifier for the Olympics which is slated from July 23-Aug 8 in Tokyo next year.

The dates for the Asian meet has not been confirmed as the Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted local and international calendars.

At her age, many gymnasts will usually quit the physically demanding sport, but Tracie said her love for the sport and a dream to compete in the Olympics is keeping her going.

“I did think about leaving the sport after the SEA Games but I don’t mind waiting for another year to realise my Olympic dream, ” said Tracie, who is known for her jovial character in the national squad.

“My age is catching up but I feel young and I guess that keeps me going.

“Besides, I take inspiration from the success of others and there are others around me, who never give up on me too.

“Due to the current situation, we have not got any information about the new dates for qualifiers yet, so we are waiting… patiently.”

Training remains indoors for now, but the Youth and Sports Ministry said plans are in place for athletes to begin training in the first week of June after the Hari Raya celebrations, with priority given to those who have qualified for the Olympics.

“All parties are waiting for the green light from the safety and health authorities.

“We truly understand the situation and it’s best to have a safe environment before we start training, ” she added.

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