Elaine Koon quits


Last week we linked to  a story online that Malaysian rhythmic gymnastics star Elaine Koon was considering quitting gymnastics.  According to new reports online, Elaine has finally made a decision and packed gymnastics in. Reports cite that there have been numerous problems with the National Team Coach Elena Kholodova. Reports claim that Kholodova is said to have mistreated Koon, forcing her to train when injured and was denied attention from health professionals just before the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Dehli.

KUALA LUMPUR: New Delhi Commonwealth gold medalist Elaine Koon (pic) has quit gymnastics for good.In a statement to Mailsport yesterday, Elaine cited her “trust and confidence with certain parties are unfavourable” and this will place her in a “difficult position to continue”.

“I would like to take this opportunity to correct the reference in a newspaper (not The Malay Mail) that said I was being difficult prior to the Commonwealth Games, that I was crying and did not want to compete.

“I was in difficulty rather than being difficult. I was crying due to the excruciating pain from hip injuries and deprived of doctor’s attention in Russia (during training stint prior to competing in New Delhi).

“I was forced to take an overdose of pain killers daily — four tables of Voltaren given by my coach and one tablet of Arcoxia from my NSCM doctor — for more than one and half months (in Russia).”

Elaine claimed she only received medical examination upon arriving in New Delhi and had to “immediately flush out the excessive medication and treatment of injuries”.

Elaine is said to have problems with national coach Helena Kholodova as revealed by Mailsport on April 12.


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