Ziyad tar­gets Sea Games

New Straits Times - - Sport - Farah Azharie

“THIS year, I will qual­ify for the Sea Games as a nor­mal ath­lete.”

These are the pro­found words of Par­a­lympian Muham­mad Ziyad Zolke­fli who is de­ter­mined to achieve his tar­get of par­tic­i­pat­ing in the 2017 Sea Games as an able­bod­ied ath­lete, a mis­sion which he has spo­ken of since 2013.

Ziyad, who is in­tel­lec­tu­ally im­paired since pre-school, will be al­lowed to qual­ify if he ex­cels at his train­ing camp in Ger­many from March 14-April 8.

“He’s cur­rently in the process of qual­i­fy­ing and he will do so through train­ing and hard work,” said Ziyad’s coach Mohd Faizol Harun.

The world record holder for the men’s F20 shot put, a feat achieved at the 2016 Rio Olympics, Ziyad has set his sights on break­ing the record with a tar­get of 17.50m.

“I would like to break the cur­rent record and I will fo­cus on a greater dis­tance al­though my train­ing rou­tine has be­come packed due to fam­ily and train­ing com­mit­ments, but I will still give it my all,” said Ziyad.

The 27-year-old’s achieve­ments in­clude a gold medal at the 2013 World Ath­let­ics Cham­pi­onship and the 2014 Asian Para Games.

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