National Karate-do exponent, G. Yamini has tendered in her resignation at the National Sports Council and the Malaysian Karate Federation on Wednesday, thus ending a spectacular decade-long career with the national team.
One of the main stalwart of the national elite team, G. Yamini cites her decision to quit was based on sport injuries and with her age catching up. Last December, the experienced national athlete underwent a knee surgery and has been spending most of part of this year recuperating.
The 32-year-old karate exponent first joined the national squad in 2003 and fought in below 61 kg kumite category. Since then, she has won two consecutive gold medals at the Asian Championships in Macau (2005) and Nilai (2007). She has also bagged silver at the last Asian Games in Guangzhou in 2010 and bronze in Doha (2006).
The former national athlete who has been featured in the elite team for the past ten years came close to winning a medal at the World Championships in Finland in 2006 as she reached the semi-finals. The World Championships is considered the biggest event for Karate. She cites that her only regret in the sporting arena is her failure to win a medal at the World Championships.
G. Yamini who intends to venture into business says that she is not set to ditch the sport, altogether. Currently attached with the Hayashi-ha Club, she will still be coaching her club and also in schools.
With G. Yamini retiring, she has thus given up the chance to win a fourth consecutive SEA Games gold medal in Myanmar in December, simultaneously to compete for gold at the Asian Games in Incheon next year.