ONLY weeks after the Southeast Asian Games, Kirstie Elaine Alora will once again compete for the Philippines in the 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games.
Alora doesn't see the tight schedule as a problem, and the silver medal finish in the -73kg division of the taekwondo competitions in Kuala Lumpur, Alora took took one day off then returned to training.
"Usually, sinasanay na kami na ganung mga gap dahil mas name-maintain namin kaysa long rest kasi nagba-back to zero 'yung katawan. This time, two weeks preparation, nasa matinding training pa rin naman po talaga kami," said Alora in a roundtable discussion with reporters organized by College of St. Benilde on Thursday.
Alora and the bulk of the Philippine team will leave for Ashgabat, Turkmenistan on September 14, with the AIMAG set September 17 to 27.
The stint gives her another chance against tormentor Sorn Seavmey, the SEA Games gold medalist from Cambodia.
"Most likely, sasali siya (Sorn Seavmey). Hindi namin napag-uusapan kung sasali siya sa AIMAG pero mas malaking competition kasi ito sa SEA Games," said Alora.
Alora lost for the fourth time to Seavmey during the SEA Games, but her recent defeat was the closest she got against the Cambodian fighter, who also competed in the 2016 Rio De Janeiro Olympics.
"Gustong gusto ko na po makabawi. Sobra. Every time na nakakalaban ko siya, laging may learning. Pinaghahandaan din po talaga ako," said Alora.