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01/08/2020 06:09 PM

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 1 -- Amy Kwan Dict Weng may have called it a day in rhythmic gymnastics, but that doesn't mean she's going to cut off all ties with the sport.

In fact, the 25-year-old has promised to remain in the sport by starting a new chapter as a coach and help groom young gymnasts by sharing her experience and expertise.

In her retirement post on her Facebook page, Amy also thanked her family, friends, supporters and everyone involved in guiding, encouraging and developing her since she first took up the sport 21 years ago.

“It’s been a roller-coaster journey for me. Tears, blood, injuries and surgeries. There were moments that I felt like giving up, but these hardships only made me stronger and shaped me into who I am today.

“Sorry if I have disappointed any of you as I am retiring at a young age. This was not my actual plan but I believe God has a better plan for me. Anyway, don’t be sad, I am still part of this beautiful sport.

“Now is my time to pass down my knowledge to the next generation! Once again, thank you. I love all of you. Amy Kwan is signing out as a national gymnast,” the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games champion said in a video, posted on Facebook, depicting her memories.

Since being called up to the national team in 2008, she has won numerous titles and awards, including gold in individual ribbon, silver in women’s team event and two bronze medals in individual all-around and hoop in Gold Coast, as well as being named 2018 National Sportswoman of the Year at the National Sports Awards and 2018 Female Olympian of the Year.

Amy also won a bronze in the individual ribbon at the 2018 Asian Championship, besides two golds (ribbon and team) and two silvers (all-around and hoop) at the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games. In the 2019 Philippines SEA Games, however, she only managed a bronze (hoop).

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