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Published: 05 Aug 2017 11:36AM (Singapore)
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Home Team at the SEA Games 2017: Just Them and the Track
Marking their SEA Games debut, Home Team officers Sergeant (NS) Ariff Bin Januri from the SPF and Corporal Khairyll Amri Bin Tumadi from the SCDF are teammates in the 4 x 100 m relay track event at the upcoming Southeast Asian (SEA) Games 2017 in Kuala Lumpur.
 
By Desmond Ang

After training for years, Sergeant (Sgt) (NS) Ariff Bin Januri from the Singapore Police Force (SPF) and Corporal (Cpl) Khairyll Amri Bin Tumadi from the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) will be making their major track event debut at the upcoming Southeast Asian (SEA) Games 2017 in Kuala Lumpur in August.

The two Home Team officers are teammates in the 4 x 100m relay at the SEA Games and will join four other runners in the event that had been dominated by Thailand and Malaysia’s sprinters in previous years.

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Sgt (NS) Ariff Bin Januri (left) and Cpl Khairyll Amri Bin Tumadi (right) warm up before a training session. PHOTO: Aizil A. Rahim

Sgt (NS) Ariff Bin Januri (left) and Cpl Khairyll Amri Bin Tumadi (right) warm up before a training session. PHOTO: Aizil Rahim

“Thailand has been known as Sprint nation, along with Malaysians, they have both done well for 100m events,” quipped Sgt (NS) Ariff.

Finding Passion for Sprinting in School

The 23-year-old had been running since 2010, where he took part in Sports Day in Secondary School and shattered some records. In 2012, he joined Nanyang Polytechnic’s Track and Field team after enrolling as a student and has stayed with the sport until now.

Cpl Khairyll found his calling on the track slightly earlier. The 24-year-old had focused on high jump events in Primary School but switched to sprinting after entering Secondary School where he went on to win a few medals.

“I think it is about the adrenaline and wanting to be the best I can be. At the end of everything, I want to be the best I can be in this sport, and as long as I hit that mark, as long as I set myself a target each year and I hit it, I will be happy about it,” said Cpl Khairyll.

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Cpl (NS) Khairyll Amri Bin Tumadi listens to music before competitions to calm himself down and relax his muscles. PHOTO: Aizil A. Rahim

This year, both sportsmen have their eyes set for a top three position in the 4 x 100m relay at the SEA Games.

“Our target is to try to fight for a medal, as this year’s team is a totally different team from the last SEA Games,” Cpl (NS) Khairyll added.

Serving Singapore as a Sportsman and an NSF

To prepare for their race, both sprinters have been training six days a week and making sure their bodies are in tip-top shape with a strict diet and ensuring they get ample rest.

“Last year I was put on a sportsman scheme and I was able to train and attend overseas competitions,” said Sgt (NS) Ariff, who completed his National Service (NS) with SPF recently.

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Sgt (NS) Ariff Bin Januri comes from a family of five brothers and one sister. He is currently the only member of the family to serve NS with the Home Team. PHOTO: Aizil A. Rahim

As a national athlete while in service with F Div’s Training Branch, Sgt (NS) Ariff also attended training and physiotherapy on top of juggling his NS commitments. He was grateful for the support his supervisors had shown him during his time in NS, which included allowing him to leave earlier so that he could make it to his training on time.

“The SCDF taught me about time management and independence. Especially during NS, it was difficult to manage because there was work, and as soon as work ends, we have to go straight for training,” said Cpl Khairyll.

“I was very fortunate to have officers within my branch who understood that I am also doing this for my country and they have been very supportive of my training,” he added.

Having completed his NS earlier this year in February, Cpl Khairyll stopped work recently to focus on his competition and doubling his training sessions.

“To me, the 4 x 100 m is the most technical sport in track and field because you need relay skills, you need to be relaxed under pressure, and you need to know when to control your speed. That’s also why I am so passionate about it because it is a diversity of things to manage,” he said.

It’s Not All Sports

Off the track, the duo looks to gaming to unwind. Sgt (NS) Ariff plays Counterstrike and DOTA online, while Cpl (NS) Khairyll plays DOTA and Overwatch.

Cpl Khairyll also watches anime and builds robot models to de-stress.

“I started building robot models two years ago, and have already made nine to date. I will probably build a few more before the SEA Games,” he joked.

Don’t miss our Home Team athletes in action at the 29th Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur from 19 to 30 August 2017.

Home Team News wishes Sgt Ariff, Cpl Khairyll, and the other Home Team officers all the best for their events at the SEA Games this year!

Read the stories behind our Home Team athletes heading to Kuala Lumpur for the SEA Games 2017.

  1. Home Team at the SEA Games 2017: Shooting for Gold

    2. Home Team at the SEA Games 2017: Dribbling Towards a Better Standing

    3. Home Team at the SEA Games 2017: Maintaining the Gold Standard

    4. Home Team at the SEA Games 2017: Dribbling to Glory

    5. Home Team at the SEA Games 2017: Swinging into a SEA Games Debut

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