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By Amiril Muttaqien Meketar
KUALA LUMPUR, June 9 -- National equestrian ace, Mohd Qabil Ambak Mahamad Fathil will be flying off to Aaarhus, Denmark from Singapore tomorrow morning.
Qabil Ambak told Bernama this was due to the fact that he had already received the COVID-19 vaccine in the republic today.
“I’ve received the first dose. It went smoothly, no waiting line, I got straight to the injection booth before I went for observation for 30 minutes.
“This (vaccination) was just the first hurdle and I hope I will pass the immigration process when I arrive in Denmark soon,” he said when contacted today.
For the record, Qabil Ambak was not allowed to enter Europe since the end of August 2019 due to immigration regulations.
He was forced to cut short his stay in Europe after he allegedly overstayed his visa in Denmark.
In the meantime, Qabil Ambak informed that so far he experienced no side effects at all after he was inoculated.
He also took the opportunity to thank the Youth and Sports Ministry, the Olympic Council of Malaysia, the National Sports Council and Sport Singapore for swiftly arranging his vaccination process in such a short notice.
Meanwhile, the 2018 Asian Games silver medallist said he will train with his horse, Delatio, for two days upon his arrival in Aarhus, before the black stallion will journey over 1,000km to France to get ready for the CDI (International Dressage) event in Le Mans, from June 17-21.
The 41-year-old Kuala Lumpur-born rider is now hoping that he would get a certificate of capability and score at least 66 per cent in Le Mans.
Doing that, he can create history as the first Malaysian to compete in the equestrian event at the Olympic Games, whereby this year’s edition will take place in Tokyo, Japan from July 23-Aug 8.
Qabil Ambak has been named as the replacement in the dressage event by FEI (International Equestrian Federation) after one of the two riders who had qualified for the Tokyo Olympics via Group G of the qualifying tournament for the Southeast Asia and Oceania zone in 2019 withdrew recently.
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