Giving his family a better life is motivating K. Senthil in continuing his comeback with the national karate team, reported The Star Online.
“I do not come from a well-to-do family and I’m the only son,” he was quoted as saying.
“I only know how to fight in karate, so I hope the results I bring will make for a better life eventually.”
He left the national elite squad after winning the bronze medal in the kumite below 55kg category at the Incheon Asian Games in South Korea in 2014.
Senthil had a golden SEA Games debut in Myanmar in 2013 when he won the kumite below 60kg category.
His comeback saw him quitting his job as a marketing consultant to train full-time with the national team under Latvian coach Andris Vasiljevs.
He was not paid an allowances as the Malaysia Karate Federation (Makaf) wanted him to prove himselfat the National Championships last month before they would recommmend him for the Kita Juara 2017 programme.
Senthil, 24 ended up winning the men’s kumite below 60kg gold medal.
He has since been picked for the Paris Open and also receives a RM800 allowance after making the training squad.
“I also want to improve myself and get ready for the Asian Games in Indonesia next year,” he said.